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Research that Makes a Difference
The UC Davis MIND Institute supports critical research designed to understand the causes and to develop effective diagnoses, treatments, preventions, and ultimately, cures for neurodevelopmental disorders. Advances in neuroscience, molecular biology, genetics, pharmacology and behavioral sciences are making inroads into understanding brain function. The MIND Institute draws from these and other disciplines to conduct collaborative multidisciplinary research on specific neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism Spectrum Disorders, Down Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Chromosome 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome.
The MIND Institute is uniquely positioned to take advantage of the outstanding expertise at UC Davis. The university offers robust programs in biological, environmental, medical and toxicological sciences.
The scope and impact of the Institute’s Research Program is exceptional. Studies ranging from basic biological studies to treatment trials, have lead to important contributions in such areas as synapse formation and plasticity, biomarkers research, evaluating startle responses, mouse model for autism, gene therapy of the brain, functions of the fragile X and MeCP2 genes, brain structure and the epidemiology of autism.
Highlighted Study of the Month
(IMPACT) Identifying Markers for Treatment Response to Cognitive Training in Autism Spectrum Disorders
We are conducting a study to determine who benefits from a computer-based and game-oriented training program that is meant to enhance the attention and working memory skills of children and adolescents. This study is for children 8-17 with autism, either with or without fragile X syndrome.
Participants will complete 5-6 weeks of in-home computerized cognitive training (about 25 minutes per day with weekly coach check-ins by phone or email). Participation also includes cognitive and behavioral evaluations during 2-3 visits (about 2 hours each), 1 before cognitive training, and 1-2 after. Qualified MIND Institute researchers will visit your home, or you may come to the MIND Institute with your child for visits. Families will receive compensation for their time and feedback on their child's progress and assessment results.
For more information about this study, please contact Songpoom Benyakorn & Catrina Calub at (916) 703-0294 or email us at ADHD@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu.