Meredith Reid, a Ph.D. student in Biomedical Engineering, was awarded a Civitan International Research Center Emerging Scholar Grant. The grant will provide $25,000 toward her current research project. The goal of Reid’s project is to characterize the neuroanatomical correlates of impaired cognition in schizophrenia. A technique called diffusion tensor imaging is used to examine the integrity of the brain's white matter and its relation to cognitive dysfunction in people with schizophrenia.

The mission of the Civitan International Research Center is to improve the well-being and the quality of life of individuals and families affected by neurodevelopmental disabilities; to provide interdisciplinary clinical and research training in neurodevelopmental disabilities; to utilize this knowledge to develop and provide high quality exemplary services and programs; and to exchange information in a timely way with consumers, practitioners, scientists, and society.

Reid is currently training in the laboratory of Dr. Adrienne Lahti, a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biomedical Engineering. Reid received her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering and Spanish, as well as her Master’s in Biomedical Engineering, from UAB.