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Henrietta Howells

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I first looked at human networks at a macroscopic level within a degree in Geography, taking this forward to look at human behavioural networks in a following Psychology degree. I joined the Natbrainlab in 2009, using diffusion imaging tractography to perform in-vivo dissections of white matter limbic networks in autism. I completed a Neuroscience degree at Masters level with a thesis focusing on brain connectivity, in particular certain white matter pathways connecting cortical regions in the frontal lobe.

I am now completing a PhD using diffusion imaging tractography to investigate long-term white matter networks involved in fine motor skill (complex movements, or dexterity, with the hands). First we looked at whether right-handers, who show a behavioural asymmetry of having better fine motor skill with their right than left hand also show a structural asymmetry in the brain, through the balance of white matter pathways between brain hemispheres. We then investigated whether individuals who were born without arms as a result of thalidomide embryopathy, and who use their feet and mouth to paint and sculpt, have altered white matter networks for fine motor skill.

I also teach on the iBSC Psychology, the MSc Neuroscience and run a Clinical Neuroanatomy Seminar series, funded by the Maudsley Charity (www.facebook.com/ClinicalNeuroanatomySeminar)

My particular research interests are diffusion imaging (both tensor and HARDI-based methods), handedness, fine motor skill, cognitive neuroscience and white matter connectivity more broadly.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

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