|UCSD's Center for Human Development (CHD) receives NICHD grant to create a new "Innovative Research Hub"|
The National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD) recently issued a Request for Proposals to establish new Learning Disabilities “Innovative Research Hubs” focusing on understudied populations or issues. UCSD's Center for Human Development (CHD) responded and were awarded funding for a new Hub focusing initially on high risk for mathematics failure. This is especially exciting because TDLC "seeded" the grant by funding some of the pilot work that was featured in CHD's proposal to NICHD.
The Hub will be situated within the PING/PLING infrastructure. A unifying theme of the new studies is the notion that math failure, and perhaps academic failure more broadly, emerges gradually through interactions of putative early conceptual weaknesses, attributable in some cases to poor functioning and anomalous neural architecture in specific neural systems, with increasing reward-based biases that contribute independently to suppression of the normal learning trajectory.
Consistent with this theme, CHD refers to the proposed research hub as the Roles of Emotion and Choice (REaCh) Learning Hub. The new REaCh Hub has 3 components: a new research project to investigate key questions about learning and the neural architecture during early development in children at high risk for math failure, and two cores: An administrative core and a developmental infrastructure core that administers a small grant program to support novel work within the Hub by junior investigators, trainees, and investigators from disciplines outside of the original REaCh group.