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Our human genetic studies involve several conditions related to brain development. They include diagnoses of structural malformations, also called neuronal migrational disorders, and disorders of brain function, such as familial intellectual disability and familial autism. In some cases, these conditions lead to neurological symptoms of seizures and/or intellectual disability. We hope that by finding the genes responsible for these conditions, we will better understand both normal and abnormal brain development.

Adults and children affected by these types of developmental brain conditions, as well as their family members, are invited to participate in our research. We are able to enroll interested individuals and families from around the world. Please see the section on What Are the Steps? for more details on participation.

Some of the specific conditions we study include:
  • Double Cortex Syndrome
  • Focal Cortical Dysplasia
  • Interhemispheric Cyst and Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum
  • Lissencephaly   
  • Microcephaly
  • Heterotopia
  • Polymicrogyria
  • Schizencephaly
  • Walker-Warburg Syndrome
  • Cerebellar Hypoplasia
  • Epilepsy
  • Familial Autism
  • Familial Intellectual Disability
Our lab does not currently have research protocols to study individuals that do not have a personal or close family history involving one of the neurological conditions listed above. However, we welcome your inquires regarding research eligibility if you, your child or a close family member has a diagnosis that is not listed here but might be similar to one of these conditions.

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