The Angelman Syndrome Foundation awarded a grant to fund a research study at the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine. The research team is now recruiting participants to examine the brain development of children with Angelman syndrome.


What is the goal of this study?

The goal of the study is to increase our understanding of how the brains are affected in children with AS. The data gathered in this study may provide important information regarding brain development in AS, which may in turn provide clues that could eventually help identify therapeutic targets for interventions for individuals with AS.


Who are we looking for?

Children diagnosed with AS aged 4-9 years old (male or female).


What does participation involve?

  • Participants will travel with their families to the University of North Carolina (in Chapel Hill, NC) to receive behavioral assessments and an MRI scan of thebrain.
  • Families will be reimbursed for travel and related expenses.
  • Assessment and MRI scans associated with the study are provided at no cost to the family.
  • A copy of the MRI image of your child’s brain will be available upon request.

What is MRI?

MRI (or Magnetic Resonance Imaging) 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.


Have questions or want to enroll your child?

Contact Heidi Bryant McNeilly at or (919) 966-5278.

This study is led by researchers at UNC School of Medicine: Dr. Benjamin Philpot, Dr. Joe Piven, and Dr. Heather Hazlett.

The Angelman Syndrome Foundation does not endorse any clinical trial or study, but provides information to the AS community for its own consideration.