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UC Davis MIND Institute researchers and clinical experts offered a unique behind-the-scenes tour of the internationally recognized clinic, research labs and facility on Saturday. The annual event is typically held in person, but this year it was virtual due to COVID-19.
Faculty members took advantage of the different format to offer tours of areas that aren’t usually open to the public, such as the Biosciences Building, where many researchers have their labs. The change also allowed people from outside the area – including other countries – to view the event.
“The virtual open house enabled us to connect with families and our community, despite the pandemic,” said MIND Institute Director Leonard Abbeduto. “We enjoyed answering questions and sharing updates about our research into neurodevelopmental conditions. Next year, we very much hope to be interacting in person again.”
The presentation also featured information about clinic visits at the MIND Institute, including what a typical blood draw is like for children, and how the Child Life Program team helps to make the experience more comfortable.
The open house included presentations about the following areas:
- Brain imaging methods: MRI, ERP and EEG
- The Child Life Program and Phlebotomy Lab
- The Genomic Medicine Division
- The Telehealth Program
Abbeduto and other faculty members also answered questions from attendees, which ranged from resources available for parents to what educational path to take for those interested in working at the MIND Institute in the future.
The UC Davis MIND Institute in Sacramento, Calif. was founded in 1998 as a unique interdisciplinary research center where families, community leaders, researchers, clinicians and volunteers work together toward a common goal: researching causes, treatments and potential prevention of neurodevelopmental disorders. The institute has major research efforts in autism, fragile X syndrome, chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Down syndrome. More information about the institute and its Distinguished Lecturer Series, including previous presentations in this series, is available on the Web at mindinstitute.ucdavis.edu.