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Prenatal brain development and familial history of ASD

This ACE project examines, in pregnant women, the brain development of unborn babies who have an older sibling with ASD, as well as of unborn babies who have an older typically developing sibling. Our goal is to identify patterns of brain connectivity that predict autism symptoms later in life.

Pregnant women undergo two magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans during pregnancy. After birth, babies have another MRI scan. Subsequently, the child’s development is tracked by a team of researchers and clinicians through 24 months of age.

The MRI scans take place at 300 Cedar St., New Haven, CT.

Diagnostic and research assessments take place at the SANA Lab at 300 George St., Suite 900, New Haven, CT.

As token of our appreciation, families receive financial compensation at each visit.

How can I participate?

The best way to get started and learn more about our ACE projects is to fill out our inquiry form.

Alternatively, you may email us at or call Gitta Selva, Program Administrator, at (203) 764-5933.