Recovery from Focal Brain Injury Early in Development

The aim of the study is to examine how well children recover from early damage to the brain, in particular to prefrontal cortex.  We seek to assess the long-term effects of childhood stroke on cognitive, social, and emotional processes.  This research will help us gain a better understanding of how the brain develops and adapts to these insults.

Who can participate in the study?

Individuals between the ages of 6 and 40 who experienced focal brain damage around the time of birth or during childhood. Recruitment is currently limited to current or former patients of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland.

 What does the study involve?

Working with experienced and dedicated researchers to complete paper and pencil and computerized tests. Subjects may be invited back to participate in brain imaging research at a later time. All subjects will be compensated for their time during the study in addition to travel expenses.

For more information, please contact the principal investigator, Professor Silvia Bunge:  sbunge @

This work is being conducted in collaboration with multiple clinicians at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. Pilot work in this area was funded by the MacArthur Law and Neuroscience Project and the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute.