Participants Sought for Brain Imaging in Down Syndrome Study

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Trisomy 21 Update

Researchers from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Infant Brain Imaging Study (IBIS) Network are recruiting children with a diagnosis of Down syndrome between the ages of 7 and 11 for a new research study to examine brain development.

The goal of the study is to increase our understanding about how the brain is affected in children with Down syndrome (trisomy 21). This may provide clues that could help identify therapeutic targets for interventions for individuals with Down syndrome.

Participating in this study includes:

  • Travel to the nearest IBIS location (CHOP is one) with reimbursement for travel and related expenses
  • Training to help children lay still in the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner without sedation
  • Receiving behavioral assessments and an MRI at no cost

MRI is a medical technology used to view the inside of the body without using X-rays or radiation. MRI can produce detailed 3D images of the brain, which is safe and painless in children.

About the Infant Brain Imaging Study

The IBIS Network is a group of researchers across the United States investigating brain development in children with developmental disabilities such as Down syndrome and autism. The IBIS Network has locations at CHOP in Philadelphia, and in Chapel Hill, NC, St. Louis, MO, and Seattle, WA.

Contact us

Families interested in participating or learning more can contact Raquel Serruya, IBIS Research Assistant at CHOP, at or 267-425-1727.

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