Early Biomarkers of Autism in Infants With Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC)
The investigators are enrolling 3-9 month old infants with a diagnosis of tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) for a new study on early markers of autism. The study is looking for early signs for autism in a population (TSC) where autism is common. The goal of this project is to use behavioral testing, MRI and EEG techniques to identify children at risk for developing autism starting at 3 months of age and continuing until 36 months of age. Throughout the study, the investigators will recommend Early Intervention services for any child who shows early signs of autism.
Tuberous Sclerosis Complex
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
|Official Title:||Longitudinal Study to Identify Early Biomarkers of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Infants With Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC)|
- ADOS evaluation score at the 36 month visit [ Time Frame: 36 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]The ADOS performed at 24 and 36 months will be used as a preliminary diagnosis for data analysis. The primary outcome is the possible clinical diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder per the DSM 5 guidelines (Autistic Disorder, Asperger's and PDD-NOS).
- MRI biomarkers [ Time Frame: 36 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]MRI biomarkers obtained at baseline, 12, 24, 36 months will be applied to characterize individual patients in terms of brain tissue, white matter structure and connectivity, functional networks, and pathology. Brain tissue segmentation will be based on structural images derived from T1- and T2-weighted and FLAIR sequences using automated software tools designed for these tasks. White matter integrity and organization will be inferred from DTI imaging sequences. Structural connectivity networks will be delineated by DTI tractography assessment.
- EEG biomarkers [ Time Frame: 36 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]One-hour video-EEG containing both wakefulness and sleep (minimum of 20 minutes of each) will be obtained at baseline, 3, 6, 9, 12, 18, 24 and 36 months. Functional connectivity and pathological activity will be determined by measurement of EEG coherence and gamma frequency/high frequency oscillations.
Biospecimen Retention: Samples With DNA
|Study Start Date:||January 2013|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||December 2017|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||December 2016 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC)
Tuberous Sclerosis Complex
This is a five-year multi-site study using MRI and EEG technologies to identify developmental precursors of Autism Spectrum Disorder in patients with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC). The study will be enrolling infants at five TSC centers throughout the country, including Boston Children's Hospital, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Texas at Houston and University of California Los Angeles. The main goal of this study is to identify early signs of autism in children with TSC looking at the brain through MRI/diffusion tensor imaging, EEG and behavioral/neuropsychological methods. Eligible infants between the ages of 3-9 months will be evaluated longitudinally at regular visit intervals up to 3 years of age.
- To characterize the developmental precursors of ASD in a large number of TSC infants using a prospective multi-center design: Infants with TSC will be evaluated longitudinally at ages 3, 6, 9, 12, 18, 24 and 36 months. At each age, children will undergo standardized evaluations, using cognitive and adaptive measures. At age 24 and 36 months, formal assessment for autism will be performed. Clinical data including medication use, seizure history, EEG activity, genotypic variation, and co-morbidities will be recorded to determine if specific clinical factors modify the course of development.
- To identify biomarkers with advanced diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) that help predict development of ASD in TSC infants: The investigators hypothesize that decreased white matter integrity performed annually for each of the first 3 years of life, including DTI sequences with tractography. Radial, axial, and mean diffusivity and fractional anisometry will be calculated for each time point and change over time correlated with development of ASD to determine relative risk. Individual measures at each time point will be compared between ASD and non-spectrum groups to assess the individual impact of each measure and timing.
- To identify biomarkers with quantitative EEG that help predict development of ASD in TSC infants: The investigators hypothesize that altered functional connectivity, as measured by qEEG coherence and high frequency oscillations, will correlate with development of ASD in TSC. Quantitative EEG (qEEG), EEG coherence/gamma frequency (30-50Hz), and high frequency oscillations encompassing both ripples (80-250H) and fast ripples (250-500 Hz) will be measured at each time point. Changes over time will be correlated with development of ASD to determine relative risk, as will comparison of individual measures between the two groups. EEG findings will also be correlated with MR results obtained to further couple functional connectivity as measured by EEG with structural connectivity measured by DTI.
|Contact: Central Contactfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|United States, Alabama|
|University of Alabama at Birmingham||Recruiting|
|Birmingham, Alabama, United States, 35294|
|Contact: Jessica Krefting, RN 205-934-3866 email@example.com|
|Principal Investigator: Martina Bebin, MD|
|United States, California|
|University of California at Los Angeles||Recruiting|
|Los Angeles, California, United States, 90095|
|Contact: Angela Perez 310-206-7630 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Principal Investigator: Joyce Wu, MD|
|United States, Massachusetts|
|Boston Children's Hospital||Recruiting|
|Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02115|
|Contact: Molly Valle, BS 617-919-4599 Molly.Valle@childrens.harvard.edu|
|Principal Investigator: Mustafa Sahin, MD, PhD|
|United States, Ohio|
|Cincinnati Children's Hospital||Recruiting|
|Cincinnati, Ohio, United States, 45229|
|Contact: Molly Griffith, BA 513-636-9669 Molly.Griffith@cchmc.org|
|Principal Investigator: Darcy Krueger, MD, PhD|
|United States, Texas|
|University of Texas at Houston||Recruiting|
|Houston, Texas, United States, 77030|
|Contact: Elida Salazar 713-500-5766 Elida.L.Salazar@uth.tmc.edu|
|Contact: Patti Tate 713-500-5659 Patti.L.Tate@uth.tmc.edu|
|Principal Investigator: Hope Northrup, MD|
|Principal Investigator:||Mustafa Sahin, MD, PhD||Boston Children's Hospital|
|Principal Investigator:||Darcy Krueger, MD, PhD||Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati|