About our Research Program

The UC Davis MIND Institute supports critical research designed to understand the causes of neurodevelopmental disorders and to develop effective diagnoses, treatments, preventions and cures for these disorders. The MIND Institute conducts collaborative multidisciplinary research on 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 MIND Institute’s research program is exceptional. Studies ranging from basic biological studies to treatment trials have led 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.

Our all new Research Volunteer Registry » is designed to match potential volunteers with the MIND Institute's human research studies. Your participation in this research plays a vital role in improving awareness, understanding, prevention, care, and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders. Register today!


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