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

Cognitive Affective Risk & Protection for Psychosis

Are you between the ages of 12 - 18? Come learn about your brain!
Researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute are carrying out a new study that focuses on how thinking, feeling, and the biology of stress interact to affect the risk of young people with chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22q11.2DS) in developing symptoms of psychotic thinking.

Who can participate?

Young adults and adolescents 12 to 18 years old who either:

  • Have chromosome 22q11.2DS (also known as Velocardiofacial or DiGeorge syndrome), or are typically developing
  • Have an IQ of 70 or above
  • No history of anti-psychotic medication use

What does the study involve?

  • Participants will visit the MIND Institute twice, with a 2 to 2.5 year time period between the first and second visit
  • Computer activities, brainwave recordings, saliva samples
  • IQ testing, questionnaires, and an interview
  • An MRI Scan, where pictures will be taken of the participant’s brain. MRI scans do not involve any radiation

What are the benefits?

  • You will receive a $60 gift card for the first year visit and a $120 gift card for the second year visit!
  • Families will take home a CD of the participant’s MRI brain scan!
  • We will provide an assessment report summary of the participants visit!

For more information about the study, please contact our Study Coordinator at 916-703-0409.
Email: 22q@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu