Brain Structure and Function in Genetic Disorders UCLA - Departments of Psychiatry, Psychology, Neurobiology, and Genetics
UCLA has research opportunities for individuals over 18 years old with 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome (Velocardiofacial Syndrome).
Background: Many people with 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome (Velocardiofacial Syndrome) have a greater chance of having attention deficits, learning disabilities, and particular psychiatric conditions such as autistic spectrum disorders. 22q11DS is caused by mutations in specific genes which affect brain development and can cause developmental delays and learning disabilities as well as certain physical problems like heart defects. One of the major obstacles in treating the disease is that scientists cannot study directly the nerve cells in the brain of individuals with 22q11DS. The purpose of the research is to create human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) from a small skin sample in order to model the disease in a laboratory and better understand the structure and growth of nerve cells and their connections.
In this research, your skin will be sent to Stanford University and induced to become iPSC. The iPSC will then be induced to become nerve cells in order to model 22q11DS and possibly identify future therapies.
• To examine emotional adjustment, thought processes such as memory and attention, and brain structure and activity in individuals with 22qDS, as compared to those without the disorder.
• To create human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) from skin samples. The iPSC will be induced to become nerve cells in the laboratory in order to model 22q11DS and possibly identify future therapies.
• To determine whether variation in the specific genes affected by 22qDS is related to differences in brain structure, function, and behavior.
Study procedures: Study procedures include an MRI brain scan, clinical interview, tests of memory and attention, blood/saliva sample, skin sample and review of medical records. Participation may take between one to two days (~6-7 hours for all study procedures) per visit and includes 3 visits in total. All procedures will be explained carefully and all participation is completely VOLUNTARY.
Compensation: Participants will be compensated up to $310 for full participation in all study visits and will receive a brief report about the test results from the clinical interviews and cognitive assessments.
For more information: Please call Leila Kushan at (310) 825-3458 or email email@example.com
Posted August 26, 2015
The University of Newcastle, Australia, seeking participants have a sibling with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome /VCFS who are aged 12 years or older to participate in the study. You must live in the Sydney or Hunter regions of NSW. Click for full information.
Posted July 19, 2015
The Stress Cognition and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory (SCAN Lab) at the University of New Orleans, in Louisiana, is currently seeking a Military family with a child between the ages of 1 and 2, with 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome, in order to conduct a longitudinal case study, with the potential to help inform the general population with regards the early stages of the syndrome, and development, as neurological, behavioral and the cognitive critical period is in its prime action.
Compensation for time and dedication is being considered and will depend on Grant funding, however a pre-screening is done online and donation of the family time is highly appreciated. Potential participants are welcome to e-mail me @ firstname.lastname@example.org or to contact me through phone @ (504) 275-7489, phone calls and text messages are more than welcomed! Tatiana Sofia BegaultIn Addition the SCAN Lab currently seeks Louisiana children from the ages of 8 to 14 years old, with 22q.11.2DS to participate in current research. We provide every assistance possible in order to have your collaboration. Feel free to contact us through our web site: http://labs.uno.edu/scanlab/
ATTENTION FATHERS!!!! WE NEED YOU
Are you a father of a child with 22q11.2 Deletion syndrome? The
University of Newcastle is interested in your experiences of
well-being, coping styles, and access to support, as well as
your level of growth since your child’s diagnosis. If you want
more information, or would like to complete the questionnaire,
please follow this link http://www.findlab.net.au/
Posted June 7, 2015
Stanford University School of Medicine is seeking participants with the 22q11 deletion for a stem cell model study - and who are between the ages of 18-40. Download FLYER HERE for more info.
Posted May 2015
UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment: Cognitive function and Brain Structure Research Study for children with 22q11.2 Duplication - Click here for flyer.
UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment: Brain Struction and Function in Genetic Disorders - for those ages 18 and over with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. Click here for flyer.
Posted September 4, 2014
The Centre for Genomics and Policy at McGill University is looking for participants for a study on the experiences and preferences of patients with rare diseases and also of parents of children with rare diseases, in the Toronto and Ottawa Areas.
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Posted May 6, 2014