The UC Davis MIND Institute is unique in its vision and multidisciplinary research approach. We are committed to finding the causes, developing improved treatments and preventing the onset of neurodevelopmental disorders. Though we are community based, the MIND Institute is an international research facility providing much needed information, education and outreach throughout the world. The speed towards accomplishing our mission is directly related to our resources. To succeed, we need your support.
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MIND Institute faculty member Julie Schweitzer, Ph.D., brings extensive expertise to the study of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). In her work to prevent and treat the disorder, Dr. Schweitzer conducts research at many different levels, including basic biological research using brain imaging, clinical trials testing drug therapies,
and new behavioral interventions.
Chromosome 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome Research
Tony Simon, Ph.D., a pioneer in research on chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (velocardiofacial/DiGeorge syndrome), combines results of experimental tests with those from brain imaging to better understand the neural structures and connective patterns that underlie cognitive functions. He has hypothesized that children with this syndrome have a reduced granularity of mental representation. He compares it to, the low resolution of an inexpensive digital camera. There are fewer pixels, so the picture is not as sharp. While Simon and his team continue to perfect the assessment tools and research protocols used to evaluate children, his ultimate goal is to develop targeted interventions, some in the form of therapeutic video games, which will reduce or remediate the disabilities experienced by such children.
Distinguished Lecturer Series
In 2001, the MIND Institute initiated its Distinguished Lecturer Series, which features world-renowned leaders in the study of neurodevelopmental disorders. This series is an extension of the Institutes research and educational programs and provides an opportunity for parents, educators, care givers, consumers, health care providers and the general community an opportunity to hear the latest views related to neurodevelopmental disorders and research. Each year, 9 eminent scientists from around the world visit the MIND Institute and deliver a lecture that is open to the public. During their visit, the lecturers also meet with MIND Institute faculty to review research updates, mentoring, and for information dissemination.
Fragile X Research and Treatment Center
The MIND Institute established the Fragile X Research and Treatment Center directed by Randi Hagerman, M.D., in 2001. In 2003, the National Institutes of Child Health and Development (NICHD) provided funding for the center in collaboration with the University of Washington in Seattle. Our Fragile X Research and Treatment Center includes research funded by NICHD, NINDS and private donors. Our clinical evaluations and treatments of patients with fragile X is an important component of our center and our clinical experience guides our research. Our center involves the expertise of professionals in molecular biology, including Drs. Paul Hagerman and Flora Tassone, and the close interaction of clinicians and molecular biologists had lead to important advances in our understanding of fragile X and treatment.
The UC Davis MIND Institute and Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities have collaborated to bring you comprehensive resources relating to neurodevelopmental disorders and other conditions. The information online and in our Resource Center is helpful to parents, professionals, and the community. If you can't find it here, we also offer assistance in locating helpful resources for your specific needs.
Social Skills Training Program
The UC Davis MIND Institute’s Social Skills Training Program covers important practical issues involved in helping groups of children learn new skills and techniques for peer interaction. This comprehensive program has been helping children since 2001. The MIND Institute has published two research papers on intervention with children and adolescents, making our program one of the few that is based on empirical research.
UC Davis Health System is recognized as a tax-exempt, 501 (c)(3) public charity by the Internal Revenue Service. Your gift to the MIND Institute qualifies as a charitable deduction for federal tax purposes as permitted by law.