Center for Perception and Communication in Children (COBRE Grant)
An NIH Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Center of Biomedical Research Excellence
This is the home of the Center for Perception and Communication in Children (CPCC) at the Boys Town National Research Hospital (BTNRH). The CPCC was created in 2014 with the assistance of a Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number P20GM109023.
The CPCC is thematically focused on identifying mechanisms and factors that influence children's auditory and visual perception and communicative development. The
goals of the CPCC are to (1) develop and support a critical mass of NIH-funded research programs focused on issues related to perception and communication in children, and (2) strengthen the research infrastructure available to junior faculty, and expand the user base of these resources to include established investigators. Ultimately, or goal is to become the national leader for research on speech, language, hearing, and cognitive development in children with communication disorders.
The plans for the CPCC are to stimulate and support clinical-translational research focused on perception and communication in children. Independent projects are funded by the CPCC in areas such as:
- The relationship between gesture and spoken language for children with hearing loss.
- Cognitive mechanisms that facilitate speech understanding for listeners with cochlear implants.
- Long-term retention of words in children with various memory strengths and weaknesses
The CPCC strives to be the national leader for research on speech, language, hearing and cognitive development in children with communication disorders. We offer a unique environment that promotes the success of junior faculty members and supports the research infrastructure for all CPCC scientists.
Our Research Goal
CPCC Project Leads benefit from the combined research experience of more senior research faculty at BTNRH who serve as Core Directors and Internal Mentors. Investigators also benefit from the unique patient resources and translational research environment at BTNRH. We are in the process of expanding the research program to include work on development language disorders and cognitive functioning in children who are typically developing.
The projects below have been completed by the Center for Perception and Communication in Children.