Brain development is a complex, incompletely understood process that presents both challenges and innumerable opportunities for important new discoveries. Children’s Center for Neurosciences Research (CCNR) aims to be an internationally recognized center for excellence in which multidisciplinary research teams bring insight from developmental neuroscience to the benefit of children with neurologic disorders. 

For more information on all investigators involved with CCNR, view our directory here.
For information on past and current pilot projects that CCNR has funded, click here.

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CCNR hosts a seminar series, in which internal and external speakers are invited to present their research and/or lead brainstorming sessions on how to promote neuroscience research within our system. 

Announcements for upcoming seminars are added to the calendar on this website and distributed via the Pediatric Research and CCNR emails list. If you are interested in being added to either of these email lists or leading one of these seminars, or would like to recommend someone to lead a seminar, please email CCNR Program Manager Gillian Glauber.

Recordings of recent CCNR seminars:

Recordings of recent Epilepsy Focus Research Forums (a previous CCNR series):


Neuroimaging core facilities include Emory Center for Systems Imaging (CSI) and the Pediatric Imaging Research Core (PIRC) at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Click here for more information on these two facilities.

CCNR was instrumental in acquiring a mock MRI scanner, housed in the CSI, to help acclimate pediatric patients and study subjects to the MRI process. CCNR also facilitated the acquisition of a photoacoustic imager, via an NIH S10 grant. Our center is proud to contribute these state-of-the-art tools to enhance child health neuroscience research.

Information about additional research resources can be found here.


For information about training and internship opportunities within Emory University and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, click here.

Read about our research innovations in the below sampling of recent publications from CCNR investigators: 

OLIG2 Is a Determinant for the Relapse of MYC-Amplified Medulloblastoma
October 3, 2022 | Clinical Cancer Research
Authors include CCNR Center Director Tim Gershon

Enhancing CDK4/6 inhibitor therapy for medulloblastoma using nanoparticle delivery and scRNA-seq-guided combination with sapanisertib
January 26, 2022 | Science Advances
Authors include CCNR Center Director Tim Gershon

Osteopontin as a biomarker for COVID-19 severity and multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children: A pilot study
September 26, 2021 | Experimental Biology and Medicine
Authors include CCNR investigators Andrew Reisner (1st author), Laura Blackwell, Iqbal Sayeed, and CCNR Associate Director Stacy Heilman

Cerebrospinal fluid cytokine, chemokine, and SARS-CoV-2 antibody profiles in children with neuropsychiatric symptoms associated with COVID-19
July 29, 2021 | Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders
Authors include CCNR investigators Bryan Philbrook, Laura Wright, and Grace Gombolay

The PI3-Kinase p110β Isoform Controls Severity of Cocaine-Induced Sequelae and Alters the Striatal Transcriptome
January 25, 2021 | Biological Psychiatry
Authors include CCNR investigators Gary Bassell and Shannon Gourley

Acute Flaccid Myelitis: A Single Pediatric Center Experience From 2014 to 2019
July 17, 2020 | Journal of Child Neurology
Authors include CCNR investigators Grace Gombolay, Laura Blackwell, Robyn Howarth, David Wolf, and Sumit Verma

Patterns of Osteopontin Expression in Abusive Head Trauma Compared with Other Causes of Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury
July 1, 2020 | The Journal of Pediatrics
Authors include CCNR investigators Laura Blackwell (1st author), Iqbal Sayeed, and Andrew Reisner

Long-term alterations in brain and behavior after postnatal Zika virus infection in infant macaques
May 21, 2020 | Nature Communications
Authors include CCNR investigators Jessica Raper (1st author), Mar Sanchez, and Ann Chahroudi
Read more about this CCNR-funded pilot project here

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To express interest in CCNR membership, click here. Read more about pediatric research center membership here.

Read more about training opportunities for students here.