Participant Database for Persons Interested in Research Studies of Developmental Disorders

Research Study

Help Us Explore How the Brain Works!

Healthy Children/Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders Ages 6 to 17 Needed for Research Studies at Massachusetts General Hospital

What we study:

  • The brain: how it works and how it develops
  • How the brain and body affect each other
  • Why some children have developmental disorders, such as autism

What we do:
We use the latest, safest and non-invasive technologies to compare the brains of healthy children and children with developmental disorders.

We use:

  • MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) to take pictures of the brain, and
  • MEG (MagnetoEncephaloGraphy) to record brain waves.
  • Our staff is trained to work with children of all ages and abilities to make the experience fun, comfortable and informative for your child.

What we hope to accomplish:

  • Determine the causes of autism and language problems
  • Find ways to detect autism and language problems earlier in childhood

What do you get?

  • You will be compensated for your time ($20-50/hour up to $650, usually 3 – 5 visits), parking and travel expenses (up to $30).
  • Your child will be given the opportunity to pick a prize at the end of each visit.
  • We will also provide you with a summary report of your child’s cognitive test scores.

Determining study eligibility requires a short phone screening.

Interested? Have any questions? Please contact us at (617) 966-9766, or email We look forward to hearing from you and answering any questions you might have about the studies!

TRANSCEND Research Program
Treatment Research and NeuroSCience Evaluation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Drs. Martha Herbert, Katherine Martien, and Tal Kenet of Massachusetts General Hospital
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