Megan Herting (USC Keck School of Medicine)
A multimodal imaging approach to understanding sex hormones and the developing brain

Brain development is a lifelong process. In the Herting laboratory, we aim to understand what factors influence how the brain is able to change and grow across childhood and adolescence. One on-going area of research in the laboratory is to determine how sex hormones may contribute to sex differences in brain structure and function at different points in neurodevelopment, including prenatally as well as during puberty. Taking a multi-modal approach, I will discuss our ongoing research on trying to decipher the role of testosterone on amygdala structure and function, as well as more global patterns of cortical thickness and white matter microstructure in males and females.