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Brittany Howell, Ph.D.

Brittany Howell, Ph.D.

CANCELLED: (Brain School) Healthy Moms, Healthy Infants: Maternal Influences of Brain Development


March 16, 2020, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Brittany Howell, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC
Assistant Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Science, Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences


Fralin Biomedical Research Institute, M203
2 Riverside Circle, Roanoke, VA 24016

Studies show that when expecting and new mothers are stressed, it can affect the baby’s development. Nutrition, feeding habits, sleep, and social interactions can also influence brain development during the first few months of life. Brittany Howell, an assistant professor at the Fralin Biomedical Research, studies how environmental factors and mother-infant bonding might influence early brain development.

The 8th Annual Roanoke Brain School speaker lineup features presentations about what influences early brain development and how these factors relate to infant health.

Each evening of Brain School begins with a catered reception and exhibits in the first-floor atrium from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. followed by an hour-long lecture presented by a leading scientist in Room M203. Space is limited and advance online registration is encouraged. Free parking is plentiful on-site at 2 Riverside Circle and the Carilion Clinic parking garage at 4 Riverside Circle.


Brain School is held every March in Roanoke as part of Brain Awareness Week, which unites the efforts of organizations worldwide in a weeklong celebration of the brain. It is spearheaded internationally by the Dana Foundation, a private philanthropic organization that supports brain research, and by the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute.

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This is a free event. The host is Fralin Biomedical Research Institute.

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