Current Research Studies

Brain Imaging Study

Brain Imaging Study

UNC School of Medicine is conducting TWO Brain Imaging Studies

UNC School of Medicine

Infants up to 6 months old

The goal of the study is to learn more about the early brain and behavioral development of infants with AS in order to aid in the future development of better supports and treatments.

  • Infant must be between birth and 6 months of age for initial visit
  • Deletion positive diagnosis
  • All travel costs (airfare, hotel, rental car, meals) will be covered by the study 
  • Families will be compensated $200 for participating.
  • Follow-up visit at 24 months

Children and Adults 3 Years and Up

The goal of the study is to gather information about how the brain is affected in AS, and potentially provide clues to identify therapeutic targets for interventions.

  • Age of individual with AS is 3 years old or older
  • Deletion positive diagnosis
  • Families will be compensated $150 for participating and reimbursed for travel related expenses

What does participation involve?

  • All families will travel to UNC for the initial visit. 
  • Infants will have a non-invasive MRI brain scan during natural sleep (no anesthesia or sedation).
  • Participants ages 3 years and older will undergo sedation for an MRI brain scan.
  • All participants will undergo behavioral and cognitive testing.
  • All families will receive a copy of the cognitive test results and a copy of the MRI brain scan.

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.

Have questions or want to enroll your child?

To enroll or get more information, contact Julia Gross at (email is best/quickest) or 919-966-8032.

Visit the Shen Lab website | See a flyer for the study of infants


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