Building Better Brains

MIDB rendering
Renovations of the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain’s physical home, shown here in a rendering, are slated to be completed by fall 2021. COURTESY OF HGA

The new Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain will focus on diagnosing, treating, and preventing neurodevelopmental disorders in kids.

“The MIDB will bring together an unmatched depth and breadth of expertise focused on healthy brain development and apply that knowledge during the periods when we can make the biggest difference,” says Redleaf Endowed Director Damien A. Fair, P.A.-C., Ph.D. 

Anita Randolph, PhD, to Lead Community Engagement and Education at the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain

Anita Randolph

Anita Randolph, PhD, has been named Director of Community Engagement and Education for the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain (MIDB). Randolph has extensive experience in community outreach and community organizing, and she is a trained neuroscientist whose research focuses on methamphetamine addiction to elucidate differences in brain function between people with and without a history of substance abuse using MRI imaging modalities.

In her new role, Randolph will design and co-direct the community engagement and education core for MIDB.

MIDB Co-Director Damien Fair Selected for Prestigious MacArthur Fellowship

Damien Fair

Damien Fair, PA-C, PhD, is one of two University of Minnesota Twin Cities faculty named a fellow by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation this year. Fair is a recipient of the genius grant that is given to faculty who illustrate originality and creative pursuits in their field of study.

“It is humbling to have been selected for the MacArthur Fellowship,” said Fair. “The progress we’ve made toward characterizing brain function rests on the shoulders of giants in the field, has been motivated by the passions of the students and trainees, and is made possible by the collaborative nature of my peers. I am thrilled for the opportunity to continue this journey toward improving developmental brain health with my exceptional colleagues and community partners here in Minnesota.”

Closing Gaps: Autism’s Health Disparities


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University of Minnesota Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain welcomes Damien A. Fair as co-director

Damien Fair

The University of Minnesota proudly welcomes Damien A. Fair, PA-C, Ph.D., as the Redleaf Endowed Director of the University’s Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain (MIDB). Fair has extensive research expertise in brain imaging and cognitive neuroscience, and is renowned for his collaborative and engaging leadership. Read more.