brainLENS Brochure

Up to 1 in 5 have
learning & attention issues
including DYSLEXIA,
75% are unidentified…
Selected Outreach
Outreach Programs: Pre K–12 Schools, Dyslexia
Schools, NPO such as Breakthrough Collaborative
Fund a Need
Your generous gift is appreciated in any
amount. The following are needs for
particular projects.
$10,000 level
- Summer interns: For underserved
undergraduate & graduate students.
UCSF brainLENS Seminar Series
- Neuroscience and socio-emotional
learning programs: For 1 year @ UCSF or in
Learning & the Brain
the classroom.
Int’l Mind, Brain & Education Society (IMBES)
$30,000 level
Int’l Dyslexia Association (IDA)
- Online internal environment (IE)*
assessment tool-kit: National dissemination
European Association for Research on Learning &
Instruction (EARLI)
Institutions: Oxford Univ, Hong Kong Univ, Harvard
Univ, Yale Univ, Stanford Univ
Special Thanks to Our Supporters
Anonymous donors; Bay Area Discovery Museum
(BADM)’s Center for Childhood Creativity & Liebe
Patterson; Flora Family Foundation; National
Institute of Health (NICHD); UCSF Child &
Adolescent Psychiatry; UCSF CTSI; UCSF RAP;
Univ Conn (Prof Jay Rueckl); Vanderbilt Univ (Prof
Laurie Cutting); Yale Univ Haskins Labs (Prof Ken
Charles Armstrong School; Dyslexic Advantage;
The Dyslexia Foundation
Cover photo: Two young children in
our “Hall of Brain: Certified Brain
Scientist” T-shirt
Back photo: Brain scans of 50
kindergarten children in our research
program as a brain collage
Brochure designed by N Bugescu, ‘14
of the most comprehensive assessment of its kind to
- IE* enhancement programs:
Development of unique in-person or web-based
programs tailored for young & disadvantaged
$100,000 level and above
- e-screener: Development & validation of
scalable & neuroscience-based iPad apps for
preK/K to identify risks of learning disabilities.
Optional preventive & closed-loop interventions.
- Support ongoing or new
neuroscience research.
* Internal Environment (IE): A term we
coined that includes constructs such as grit,
motivation, mindset, resilience & sense of belonging.
These are known to be critical in predicting life
success in children & adults.
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San Francisco, CA 94143
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(415) 476-9861
From research to
practice & policy
Leading the way using
innovative neuroscience
methods to maximize
children's learning potential
Director of UCSF brainLENS
Fumiko Hoeft MD PhD is a
developmental cognitive
neuroscientist and Associate
Professor of Child Psychiatry @
UCSF. She is also a Board
Member of the UCSF Dyslexia
Center, Scientific Advisor to the BADM’s Center
for Childhood Creativity (CCC), and research
scientist at Haskins Labs @ Yale. Dr. Hoeft
received training at Keio Univ, Harvard, Caltech
& Stanford, and has won national & international
awards for her neuroscience research in
dyslexia, education, neuroimaging methods,
and mentorship. She resides in San Francisco
with her husband and two boys.
motivation &
Our Scientific Mission is to understand how
children’s brains develop in order to maximize their
potential to succeed in life. Drawing on innovative
neuroscience research approaches, we combine
neuroimaging, genetic, and computational
techniques to study how each child develops
reading, math & socio-emotional skills, motivation,
resilience, and creativity. We have a particular
emphasis on dyslexia, as well as autism, and
neurogenetic conditions such as Klinefelter &
Williams syndromes.
Our Outreach Mission is to share the love of
neuroscience with children of all ages, rapidly
translate research findings to practice, and
collaborate with teachers, clinicians, and families.
For example, brainLENS has traditionally accepted
interns with learning and attention issues. We also
develop curricula & provide seminars & workshops
to students, educators, clinicians, and NPOs for the
underserved. As part of these efforts, brainLENS
has partnered with BADM’s Center for Childhood
Creativity (CCC).
Examples of Projects
BADM’s Center for Childhood Creativity (CCC),
Collaborating Institutions
Please also see our FUND A NEED section.
Multi-level neuroscientific dissection to understand
dyslexia & related disabilities: from genes,
neurochemicals, connectomes, to cognition.
Construction of Innovative growth charts of brain
networks for the very first time with collaboration
from over 20 sites internationally, similar to those of
height & weight that you typically get from a
pediatrician’s office.
Development of neuroimaging-based mathematical
models to predict risk for developing disorders such
as dyslexia & other related disabilities before they can
be diagnosed using conventional methods.
Research on intergenerational transmission patterns
using a natural cross-fostering design. This work
examines how a child ‘inherits’ brain networks from
Identification of novel subtypes of dyslexia and
autism using data-driven approaches.
Examination of relative strengths of dyslexics.
Understanding the neuroscience of internal
environment (IE)* such as grit, motivation, mindset,
and resilience.
Beijing Normal U; Boston College;
Copenhagen U; Harvard U, Boston Children’s
Hospital; Karolinska Institutet; Keio U; MIT;
Stanford U; UC Berkeley; UC Davis, MIND
Institute; UC Merced; UCSF; U College
London; U of Connecticut; Georgia State U; U
of Jyvaskyla; U of Zurich; Vanderbilt U; Yale
U, Haskins Labs
Children with learning &
attention issues have greater
school drop-out rate &
involvement in the criminal
justice system…