How to get involved? (Family Study)

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Who is eligible?


You and your family are eligible if all the following are true:
• your child was born through assisted conception
• your child is between 3-12 years old (if your child is 3-5 years old, we may ask you to wait until he/she turns 6)
• you and your child are fluent English speakers

What will you and your family be asked to do?


• Fill out a screener at home
• Get in touch with us at [email protected]
• Come at UCSF Mission Bay campus for a one- or two-day visit (8 to 9 hours total).
   This visit includes neuropsychological assessment, and brain scans using safe and non-invasive MRI.



• Locals will be reimbursed for your travel (for people who are willing to travel long-distance to participate, we will discuss the travel reimbursement on a case-by-case basis)
• You will also receive screenshots of MRI brain pictures of the whole family, and any standardized test results you wish to have
• Receive prizes/honorarium by participating.
• Receive information of your child from reading, math, cognitive abilities, as well as socio-emotional skills such as motivation and temperament.
• Receive practical guidance on list of strategies you and your child can implement that will help promote the skills of interest.
• Receive ongoing information about seminars and programs provided by our laboratory.
• Potential to help your school and PTA with in-class and after-school programs and field trips.


Your participation is completely voluntary. Anything you submit is kept confidential with us and will be used only by authorized researchers. In addition, you may choose to withdraw at any time.


Our Research Team

We are a research team from UCSF that has been studying children and brain functions for over a decade. We have been more and more interested in the roles genetic and environmental factors play during the brain development of children.

In the past five years, we have studied the intergenerational transmission pattern of parents and their children. One major discovery we found has been that the brain circuit important for mood and emotion, and disorders like depression may be more strongly passed on from the maternal side, which has been speculated in animal literature but has never directly been shown in us humans.

Core Research Team

Professor of Psychiatry & Weill Institute for Neurosciences, UCSF; Director of brainLENS

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, UCSF; UCSF Center for Reproductive Health
Assistant Research Professor of Psychological Sciences, University of Connecticut
Postdoctoral Fellow of Psychiatry, UCSF
Postdoctoral Fellow of Psychiatry, UCSF


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