Research and Training
DevSci is organized around four highly integrated resources to promote developmental sciences research and training. Through partnerships across diverse schools and programs across both the Evanston and Chicago campuses, DevSci’s innovative collaboration platforms provide an exceptional scientific platform.
The DevSci Administrative Core enables bold new interdisciplinary collaborations across Northwestern campuses to catalyze groundbreaking advances in transdisciplinary developmental sciences by creating scientific exchanges, supporting student and faculty involvement, offering seed funding, and promoting understanding of novel developmental investigative approaches.
The Neurodevelopmental Core aims to offer neurodevelopmental methods accessible to faculty and students, and make state-of-the-art neuroimaging and developmental assessment methods accessible for novel investigations and collaborations. Its designed for trainees and junior investigators seeking to launch a developmental program of research and for investigators seeking to incorporate cutting-edge neurodevelopmental methodologies.
Data Science Hub
DevSci’s Data Science Hub is designed to support the generation of a cross-campus developmental sciences data index, provide an integrated data platform for generating Northwestern based synthetic cohorts of developmental populations, and enable data harmonization that expands the methodologic expertise and capacity of NU researchers to conduct studies on larger, broader datasets linking early life development and experience to lifespan outcomes.
Center for Transdisciplinary Training
Spanning from neural mechanisms to community-based intervention application, the center offers a DevSci Cluster for graduate trainees and a Pediatric Fellowship Program with didactic and experiential training in the “art and the science” of transdisciplinary developmental science research. It is also designed as a springboard for training grants and opportunities for trainees at all levels to participate in this integrative scientific network.