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Child Studies


Theta Study

Purpose of Study: This research is being done to evaluate changes in brain function in typically developing children 6-8 years of age in relation to children 6-8 years of age with prenatal alcohol exposure.

Protocol Summary: During this study, your child will see a pediatrician for a brief physical and see a developmental psychologist to perform some paper and pencil/computer tests. Pictures of your child’s brain and brain activity will be measured using non-invasive and harmless devices called MEG (Magnetoencephalography) and MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging). All participants will be given a gift card of $50 or $25 (if incomplete) per visit for participating in the study.

Basic Eligibility Criteria: Children between the ages of 6-8 years old, who have never been diagnosed with a psychiatric or neurological disorder, and are medically healthy. Parent(s) must be able to give valid informed consent and the child must be able and willing to provide assent to the study procedures. 

(Study# 20-015, PI Julia Stephen, Ph.D.)

To participate, please contact our study's coordinator by phone or email:  (505) 272-9297 or childstudy@mrn.org



Preterm Infants' Mu-rhythm Suppression Evaluation Study (PrIMES)

Purpose of Study: The purpose of the study is to characterize brain signatures of motor development and imitation in young infants born prematurely compared to healthy infants measured at both 3 & 6 months corrected age. The study uses two completely harmless, non-invasive measuring techniques, MEG (magnetoencephalography) and EEG (electroencephalography), to measure brain activity which naturally occurs during rest and activity.

(HRRC# 11-643, PI Julia Stephen, Ph.D.)

Characterization of Multisensory Integration in Infants and Toddlers with Typical and Atypical Development

Purpose of Study: To identify changes in brain function due to atypical brain development as seen in neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism.

(HRRC # 07-140, PI Julia Stephen, Ph.D.)

High Frequency Activity in Infants with Epilepsy

Purpose of Study: To evaluate high frequency activity identified in children with epilepsy, which can help provide important information about where seizures are generated in the brain.

(HRRC # 08-057, PI Julia Stephen, Ph.D.)