February 6: Brain Imaging Studies of Reading and Arithmetic in Children with Learning Differences

Guinevere Eden, D.Phil.
Director, Center for the Study of Learning
Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Georgetown University Medical Center


This presentation will show how brain imaging technology has been used to reveal brain areas that are involved in word processing in typical readers and how these differ in children and adults with dyslexia. Dr. Eden will discuss the neural correlates of successful reading intervention in dyslexia. Brain imaging can also play an important role in testing different theoretical frameworks that have been put forward to explain the etiology of dyslexia and in distinguishing between cause and consequence of dyslexia. Finally, this presentation will make a connection between dyslexia and dyscalculia.
Guinevere Eden is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Director of the Center for the Study of Learning (CSL) at Georgetown University. She received her B.Sc. from University College London, her D.Phil. from Oxford University, and conducted her postdoctoral training at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a Fogarty Visiting Fellow.

Dr. Eden works in the area of neuroscience with a primary focus on the brain-bases of the reading and the common learning disability developmental dyslexia. For this research, she and her colleagues employ behavioral measures and brain imaging techniques such as functional and structural magnetic resonance. Dr. Eden and her colleagues were the first to apply fMRI to the study of dyslexia and she continues to investigate the neural representation of sensory processing and reading and how it may be different in individuals with learning differences. Dr. Eden and her colleagues are researching how the neural bases for reading is impacted by instructions or language background and are studying the neurobiological correlates of successful reading intervention. Dr. Eden’s work is supported by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation and she has also served as Scientific Co-Director for the National Science Foundation-funded “Science of Learning Center” housed at Gallaudet University. Dr. Eden has published widely, including journals such as Nature, Nature Neuroscience and Neuron, and is a frequent speaker in the US and internationally.

Dr. Eden teaches students in the Interdisciplinary Program for Neuroscience (IPN). She has served as a permanent member of a standing NIH Study Section and as chair for several special emphasis panels. She serves on the editorial boards of the Annals of Dyslexia, Dyslexia, Brain and Language, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience and Human Brain Mapping (Associate Editor).

Dr. Eden served as president of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), and IDA has inducted her into their Hall of Honor and named her as the Norman Geschwind Memorial Lecturer. Dr. Eden provided testimony at a full committee hearing by the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Science, Space, and Technology on the “Science of Dyslexia” in 2014, and also at a full committee hearing by the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions on “Understanding Dyslexia: The Intersection of Scientific Research and Education” in 2016.
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