Gender Exploration of Neurogenetics and Development to Advance Autism Research

Keywords: ASD, >8 year-old, <17 year-old, Biomarkers of Atypical Development

What is being studied?

The main goal of this study is to identify gender differences in brain structure, function, connectivity, and genetics in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Currently, ASD affects more males than females. Research indicates that males are 15 times more likely to be diagnosed with ASD. By learning more about these gender differences, we aim to improve techniques for diagnosis and interventions. In order to thoroughly investigate the questions we are asking, we will be using a variety of methods: neuropsychological testing, EEG, fMRI and a genetics portion. The EEG domains of interest include reward processing, implicit language learning, processing of biological motion, and resting state oscillations.

Who can participate?

Children between the ages of 8 to 17 years that fit into one of these groups: a) children who have an ASD diagnosis, B) Children who are typically developing with a sibling with an ASD diagnosis, C) Children who are typically developing without a sibling with an ASD diagnosis.

What does the study involve?

Eligible participants will be invited to UCLA for two visits lasting approximately 3-4 hours, asked to complete a few mailed questionnaires (for both the child and the parents), and a blood draw.

Whom should I contact to get involved?

If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact Rosemary McCarron at the UCLA Brain Mapping Center, at (310) 825-5326, or by email at

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