Brain Development Research Program Study

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Summary

  • Study director: Elliott Sherr, MD PhD
  • Sponsor: NIH and private foundations and grants
  • Recruiting?: Yes
  • Official study title: Brain Development Research Program
  • Conditions studied: Disorders of brain development that are visible on an MRI (or other imaging study) and/or disorders of brain development that have been clinically diagnosed, such as autism, epilepsy or cerebral palsy.
  • Purpose: We are studying the clinical, genetic and radiographic features of these disorders to better understand the problems that individuals affected by these disorders are likely to face. The goal of our research is to develop a better understanding of the underlying genetic causes as a foundation for devising better treatments for these groups of patients.

Eligibility

  • Inclusion criteria:
    • Disorders of brain development that are visible on an MRI (or other imaging study)
    • Disorders of brain development that have been clinically diagnosed such as autism, epilepsy, or cerebral palsy
  • Exclusion criteria:
    • If above conditions have known environmental cause

What is Involved?

  • Testing: Clinical history interview, behavior questionnaires, imaging (both functional and structural) and blood samples from the affected individual and from the parents
  • Frequency of visits: Visiting UCSF is not a requirement for some aspects of this study
  • Materials needed prior to evaluation: A copy of MRI scan to determine eligibility
  • Costs: There are no costs to the participants. Participants are provided with necessary material for blood draws and other study participation.

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