Simons Variation in Individuals Project, Functional Common Acquisition Protocol

This study is currently recruiting participants.
Verified May 2013 by University of California, San Francisco
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
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University of California, San Francisco Identifier:
First received: January 31, 2012
Last updated: May 16, 2013
Last verified: May 2013

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Simons Variation in Individuals Project (Simons VIP) is currently recruiting healthy controls for a study aimed at better understanding autism spectrum disorder. The UCSF site of the Simons VIP is conducting functional and structural imaging, neuropsychological evaluation, genetic testing, and neurologic exams in healthy individuals to compare with findings in autism spectrum disorder.


Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Functional Common Acquisition Protocol Phase of the Simons VIP

Further study details as provided by University of California, San Francisco:

Estimated Enrollment: 120
Study Start Date: September 2011
Estimated Study Completion Date: September 2013
Estimated Primary Completion Date: September 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

To better understand autism spectrum disorders, the UCSF Simons VIP team is recruiting healthy controls to participate in a study involving brain imaging and psychological assessments and questionnaires. The study will involve phone interviews, cognitive testing and questionnaires, genetic testing, physical exam, photographs, non-invasive brain imaging sessions (MRI and MEG). The study can take up to 17 hours to complete, and there may be up to 5 study visits to UCSF and UC Berkeley.


Ages Eligible for Study:   7 Years to 60 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

Healthy individuals ages 7 through 60.


Inclusion Criteria:

  • Healthy persons age 7 and older
  • Must use English as primary language
  • Must be able to lie still in MRI scanner for two hours
  • Must be willing to travel to UCSF and UC Berkeley for up to 5 study visits.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Any metal implanted in the body
  • Extensive dental work
  • History of psychiatric of neurological illness
  • History of drug or alcohol abuse
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01527578

Contact: Nicholas Pojman 415-502-0183
Contact: Polina Bukshpun 415-502-8039

United States, California
University of California, San Francisco Recruiting
San Francisco, California, United States, 94143
Contact: Nicholas Pojman    415-502-0183   
Principal Investigator: Elliott Sherr, MD/PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of California, San Francisco
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Principal Investigator: Elliott Sherr University of California, San Francisco
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: University of California, San Francisco Identifier: NCT01527578     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Simons VIP F-CAP
Study First Received: January 31, 2012
Last Updated: May 16, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by University of California, San Francisco:
Healthy children
Healthy adults
individuals ages 7-60 processed this record on April 23, 2014