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Abstract #4634

Functional Brain Network Connectivity Patterns in Never and Currently Stunted Young Children in India

Muriel Marisa Katharina Bruchhage1,2, Giang-Chau Ngo1,2, Madhuri Tiwari3, Aarti Kumar3, Vishwajeet Kumar3, Viren D'Sa1,2, and Sean C. L. Deoni1,2,4
1Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University, Providence, RI, United States, 2Advanced Baby Imaging Lab, Hasbro Children's Hospital, Providence, RI, United States, 3Community Empowerment Lab, Lucknow, India, 4Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health Discovery & Tools, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, WA, United States

Growth stunting is an indicator of poor child development, negatively impacting cognitive performance and overall health until adulthood. While previous studies have investigated links between neurocognitive functioning and resting state network functional connectivity (fc), most have been conducted in developed countries. In our study, we investigate brain network fc at rest in young children (<2 years) living in an Indian region with one of the worst human development indicators. When currently stunted, fewer fc networks were present than in never stunted children, possibly indicating an effect of stunting on brain fc already at a very young age.

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