Turner Syndrome Study

The purpose of this research study is to learn about early brain development in children with Turner syndrome.

What does this research study involve?

About 2 weeks after birth, your child will have a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan of the brain, a developmental assessment and a physical examination at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Your child will also be invited for follow-up MRIs and developmental assessments at 6 months, 1 year, 2 years, and 4 years of age.  All children are scanned while sleeping naturally. An MRI does not use x-ray or radiation. 

You will also be asked medical history questions by a program coordinator or study nurse.

There will be no cost to you or your family for participating.  The MRI is free of charge and air travel and hotel arrangements will be made by and paid for by the research study team.  If you travel by car, we will reimburse you for the mileage.

Why participate in this study?

The benefits to your child from being in this study may be the opportunity to have a thorough evaluation of her brain and behavioral development. You may also be helping girls with Turner syndrome in the future by improving our understanding of how genetic and hormonal factors relate to early brain development.


  • This is a voluntary study
  • No medicines or sedation are involved
  • All information gathered is strictly confidential

How do I learn more about joining this research study?

With your permission, your health care provider will let us know that you may be interested in participating in the study.  A member of the study team will then contact you to explain the study in more detail and answer any questions you may have.

You may also call  Marsha Davenport, M.D. directly to learn more about this research study.  Her telephone number is 919-966-4435, extension 232.

Early Brain Development in Turner syndrome is a clinical research study conducted by the Departments of Psychiatry, Radiology, and Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.