Brittany Howell

Brittany Howell, Assistant Professor, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC

Brittany Howell
Brittany Howell

Fralin Biomedical Research Institute 
2 Riverside Circle
Roanoke, VA 24016
540-526-2076 |  brhowell@vtc.vt.edu

Brittany Howell is an Assistant Professor of the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC.

  • Gut-Brain-Behavior Axis Development
  • Biological Pathways of Early Experience and Maternal Influence on Infant Neurodevelopment
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Diffusion Weighted Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Developmental Social Neuroscience
  • Translational Neuroscience
  • Emory University: Ph.D. , Neuroscience
  • Tulane University: B.S. in Neuroscience, and Cell and Molecular Biology
  • International Society/Congress of Infant Studies
  •  Society for Research in Child Development 
  • International Society for Developmental Psychobiology 
  • Organization for Human Brain Mapping 
  • Society for Neuroscience 
  • 6th Annual Nutrition & Growth Meeting Abstract Award
  •  Jacobs Foundation Conference Young Scholar, “Reconciling Genes and Contexts:
  •  NIMH Institutional Postdoctoral NRSA Award

Journal Articles

B.R. Howell*, M.A. Styner*, W. Gao*, P.T. Yap*, L. Wang*, K. Baluyot*, E. Yacoub*, G. Chen, T. Potts, A. Salzwedel, G. Li, J.H. Gilmore, J. Piven, J.K. Smith, D. Shen, K. Ugurbil, H. Zhu, W. Lin, J.T. Elison. (2018) The UNC/UMN Baby Connectome Project (BCP): An overview of the study design and protocol development. NeuroImage. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2018.03.049 *Equal contribution

S. Zhang*, X. Jiang*, W. Zhang*, T. Zhang, H. Cheng, Y. Zhao, Y. Lv, L. Li, Z. Li, L. Guo, B.R. Howell, M.M. Sanchez*, X. Hu*, T. Liu*. (2018) Joint Representation of Connectome-scale Structural and Functional Profiles for Identification of Consistent Cortical landmarks in Macaque Brain. Brain Mapping and Behavior. [*:Equal first or senior author contribution].

Z. Kovacs-Balint, E. Feczko, M.J. Pincus, B.R. Howell, E. Morin, E. Earl, L. Li, J. Steele, M. Styner, J. Bachevalier, D. Fair, M.M. Sanchez. (2018) Early developmental trajectories of functional connectivity along the visual pathways in rhesus monkeys. Cerebral Cortex. https://doi.org/10.1093/cercor/bhy222

W. Zhang*, X. Jiang*, S. Zhang*, B.R. Howell*, Y. Zhao, T. Zhang, L. Guo, M. Sanchez, X. Hu (2017) Connectome-scale functional intrinsic connectivity networks in macaques. Neuroscience. 364:1-14. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroscience.2017.08.022 *Shared first authorship.

Y. Shi, F. Budin, E. Yapuncich, A. Rumple, J.T. Young, C. Payne, X. Zhang, X.P. Hu, J. Godfrey, B.R. Howell, M.M. Sanchez, M.A. Styner (2017) UNC-Emory infant atlases for macaque brain image analysis: postnatal brain development through 12 months. Frontiers in Neuroscience. 10(617): 1-12. Doi: 10.3389/fnins.2016.00617 S.

Drury, B.R. Howell, C. Jones, K. Esteves, R. Schlesinger, K. Baker, M. Sanchez (2017) Shaping longterm trajectories: early maternal maltreatment predicts telomere length trajectory across the first two years of life in rhesus macaques. Development and Psychopathology. Accepted.

B.R. Howell, M. McMurray, D. Guzman, G. Nair, Y. Shi, K. McMormack, X. Hu, M. Styner, M. Sanchez (2016) Maternal buffering beyond glucocorticoids: impact of early life stress on corticolimbic circuits that control infant responses to novelty. Social Neuroscience. 12(1): 50-64. doi: 10.1080/17470919.2016.1200481

M.M. Sanchez, K.M. McCormack, B.R. Howell (2015) Social buffering of stress responses in nonhuman primates: maternal regulation of the development of emotional regulatory brain circuits. Social Neuroscience, 10(5), 512-526. doi: 10.1080/17470919.2015.1087426 K.M. McCormack, B.R. Howell, D.B. Guzman, C. Villongco, K. Pears, H. Kim, M.R. Gunnar, M.M. Sanchez (2015). The development of an instrument to measure global dimensions of maternal care in rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta). American journal of primatology, 77(1), 20-33. 

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