Early Brain Signature in Toddlers with ASD

Location: San Diego, CA - San Diego State University
Start Date: September 1st, 2015
End Date: August 30th, 2020

Researchers at San Diego State University (SDSU), University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego are conducting a research study to identify early brain markers for autism spectrum disorders. This project is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and aims at detecting unique “brain signature” in the first years of life in toddlers with ASD. Participation in this longitudinal study involves a total of 6 visits between the ages of 18 months and 5 years old. At enrollment, you will attend one visit at SDSU where your child will participate in a play-based assessment and you will answer questions about their early development. At a second visit, you will attend an MRI scan at UCSD – this scan is non-sedative and conducted during your child’s natural sleep. You will then repeat these appointments 2 more times before your child turns 5 years old. Compensation and free parking provided.

Eligibility Criteria
We seek toddlers between the ages of 18 – 26 months with an ASD diagnosis, suspected ASD diagnosis, or social and communication delays. We also seek children of the same age without any suspected ASD or social communication delay.

Contact Information
For more information please contact Dr. Mikaela Kinnear at (619) 594-2500 or ToddlerMRIstudy@sdsu.edu. You can also visit
http://www.sci.sdsu.edu/bdil/web/EARLY_BRAIN_SIGNATURE_in_ASD.html or Facebook.com/SDSUscan.