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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
Infant Sibling Study
The Infant Sibling Study is one of the first to focus on warning signs of ADHD that might be detectable in infancy. Children with ADHD are typically not diagnosed until age 6 or 7, making it difficult to provide interventions early. We focus on studying the early development of younger siblings of children with ADHD with the hope of promoting earlier identification of ADHD and helping parents access services for developmental concerns earlier. We are currently are seeking infant siblings of older children with ADHD or autism spectrum disorder, as well as infant siblings of children who are developing typically. Infants’ parents will complete forms, an online screening assessment, and 4-5 visits to the MIND Institute between birth and age 3. Infants in the study are given several tests that evaluate language, cognitive, motor, social, attention, and play skills. Families also are provided with feedback from expert examiners about their infant’s development. Compensation is provided to families for each visit attended and for completion of questionnaires.
For more information about this study, please contact Alesha Hill at (916) 703-0297 or email us at email@example.com.