Normal Controls - Recruiting Ended 2/2014

Would you like to become a Normal Control Participant in our Research Study?

Normal Control Research Participants - Recruiting Ended 2/2014

You may participate in this Study as a normal control if you have had a prenatal ultrasound that showed that the brain structure of your fetus was normal.

Prenatal ultrasound can provide important information about how the brain and other parts of a fetus are developing. We are using ultrasound to study fetuses that may have mild changes in the way certain parts of their brain develop.

The Study involves one visit for a prenatal ultrasound during your third trimester. You will also be asked medical history questions by a study nurse or program coordinator.

Approximately two weeks after your child is born, s/he will have an unsedated MRI of her/his brain.  A developmental assessment will be done when your child is one, two, four and six years of age. Your child will also have an unsedated MRI of his or her brain at each of these after birth visits as well. You will receive $50 for each of the study visits (potential total of $500) and will be reimbursed for travel and parking expenses.

By participating you may be helping women who have babies in the future by improving our knowledge of how these babies develop. This is a voluntary study.  No medications or sedation will be used.  MRI is safe and does not use any x-ray or radiation.  You will be compensated, and all information gathered on both you and your child is kept strictly confidential.

If you are interested in participating in this Study, please contact Dianne Evans, Program Director (919.843.2389 or 866.849.0541 (toll free) or email: ddevans@med.unc.edu). She will be happy to explain the study in more detail and answer any questions that you may have.

Related Link

Normal Control Study Brochure

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate as a Normal Control in this Study?

Anyone who has had an ultrasound of her fetus that showed the brain structure of her fetus was developing normally.

Will it cost me anything to be in this study?

There are no costs to Study participants for participating in this research study.

Will I be paid anything if I participate in this study?

All study participants will receive $50 for each of the study visits (for a potential total of $500) and will be reimbursed for travel and parking expenses

Why participate in the Early Brain Development Study as a Normal Control?

By participating you may be helping women who have babies in the future by improving our knowledge of how these babies develop.

Who cannot participate as a Normal Control in this Study?

Anyone who has had an ultrasound of her fetus that showed the brain structure of her fetus was not developing normally.

Will participation in this Study be kept confidential?

Yes, all information gathered is confidential.