Katrina Furth, Ph.D.Associate Scholar
Katrina Furth, Ph.D. earned her doctorate in neuroscience at Boston University, performing her dissertation research at the National Institutes of Health. Since graduating, she has worked as an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Her interests include fetal and infant brain development in humans, in vivo and in vitro electrophysiology in rodents, and the use of ketamine to treat depression and model schizophrenia. Dr. Furth enjoys educating scientists and non-scientists alike about brain development and leads seminars and talks about the brain of the unborn. She believes that as people come to understand more about embryonic and fetal development, they will be more likely to support life-affirming policies.
This year, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which would allow Mississippi to limit abortions at 15 weeks. Medical advancements have long surpassed the viability definition of 28 weeks in Roe, and each advancement only moves us closer to life-saving treatments earlier and earlier in the life of the unborn. But what exactly is a 15-week-gestation fetus like? We’ve put together 15 amazing facts about the 15-week-gestation fetus.
Katrina Furth, Ph.D., earned her doctorate in neuroscience at Boston University, performing her dissertation research at the National Institutes of Health. In this interview she discusses fetal neurological development.