Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Brain Development in Autism

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Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified March 2007 by UMC Utrecht.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : March 20, 2007
Last Update Posted : March 20, 2007
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UMC Utrecht

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this study is to investigate brain development in autism by longitudinally assessing children with autism, as well as typically developing controls, using advanced MR techniques. We will use longitudinal diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) measures to investigate the protracted development of long-range white matter fibers in autism. In addition, we will investigate the effect of autism risk genes on brain development.

Condition or disease

Study Type : Observational
Enrollment : 300 participants
Observational Model: Case Control
Observational Model: Natural History
Time Perspective: Longitudinal
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Brain Development in Autism
Study Start Date : January 2006

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Ages Eligible for Study:   6 Years to 18 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Aged 6 - 18 years at initial MRI

Inclusion criteria for subjects with autism

1) DSM-IV (APA, 1994) diagnosis of autism, according to ADI-R interview

Inclusion criteria for controls

  1. no DSM-IV (APA, 1994) diagnosis, according to DISC interview
  2. no scores in the clinical range on the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) and Teacher Rating Form (TRF)
  3. IQ > 70

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. major illness of the cardiovascular, the endocrine, the pulmonal or the gastrointestinal system
  2. presence of metal objects in or around the body (pacemaker, dental braces)
  3. history of or present neurological disorder
  4. for individuals over 12 years of age: legal incompetence, defined as the obvious inability to comprehend the information that is presented by the investigator and is outlined in the Information letter and on which the decision to participate in the study is to be based

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00449566

Contact: Sarah Durston +31 30 250 8161

Dept. of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, UMC Utrecht Recruiting
Utrecht, Netherlands, 3584CX
Contact: Marieke Langen, M.Sc.    +31 30 250 7084   
Principal Investigator: Marieke Langen, M.Sc.         
Principal Investigator: Hilde Nederveen, M.Sc.         
Sponsors and Collaborators
UMC Utrecht
Principal Investigator: Sarah Durston, Ph.D. Rudolf Magnus Institute of Neuroscience, University Medical Center Utrecht
Study Chair: Herman van Engeland, M.D. Ph.D. Rudolf Magnust Institute of Neuroscience, UMC Utrecht

Additional Information:
Publications: Identifier: NCT00449566     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: METC 05/208-K
First Posted: March 20, 2007    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 20, 2007
Last Verified: March 2007

Keywords provided by UMC Utrecht:
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Diffusion Tensor Imaging

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Autistic Disorder
Child Development Disorders, Pervasive
Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Mental Disorders