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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.
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Girls with Autism – Imaging of Neurodevelopment (GAIN) Study
Researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute are looking for participants for a study examining how girls with autism may be different from boys with autism. The goal of this study is to evaluate brain and behavioral characteristics in females with autism.
Girls 2 to 3 1/2 years of age are needed to participate in this study. Girls who have a diagnosis of autism or typical development are welcome to participate.
Participation in the study involves 2 to 3 visits to the MIND Institute. Various assessments of your child’s development, medical history and brain imaging will take place during the visits. Visits last an average of three to four hours. We are also going to follow-up with families over the next three years. Families would be asked to return to the MIND Institute for at least one visit each year over the three years.
If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact Michelle Huynh at 916-703-0410 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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