About our Research Program

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

Measuring Cognitive Development in Intellectual Disabilities

Do you like playing computer games? Your participation in this study could help us learn more about thinking and reasoning in individuals with intellectual disability.

Who can participate:

  • Individuals with confirmed diagnosis of intellectual disability caused by fragile X syndrome, Down syndrome, or another cause
  • Males and females between 6 - 25 years old

What does the study involve:

  • 2 visits to the UC Davis MIND Institute. The first visit will last approximately 3.5 – 4 hours and is scheduled over a two day period. The second visit is scheduled approximately 4 weeks later and will be much shorter, only lasting an hour.
  • These visits include cognitive testing for your son/daughter and you will be asked to fill out questionnaires

What are the benefits:

  • One of our research psychologists will provide feedback on cognitive assessment results
  • The study will provide $30 compensation for your time and effort for the 1st study visit and $20 for the 2nd study visit
  • We can offer reimbursement for lodging and travel to the MIND Institute from your home

For more information about the study, please contact:
Stephanie Sansone, Ph.D.
Phone: 916-703-0461
Email: smsansone@ucdavis.edu