Research Opportunity for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University

Here’s a summary of our research initiatives: 
The Marcus Autism Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is recruiting children and teens without developmental conditions for a brain imaging study to help us learn more about how the brain functions, especially when processing social information. The study will take place over 2-3 study visits, each lasting between 1-2 hours, at the Marcus Autism Center and our imaging center, which is located on the Emory Campus. 
Goal overview for the study: The information we learn from individuals without developmental conditions will help us to understand the characteristics associated with 3q29 syndromes, which are rare genetic disorders that are associated with increased risk for developmental disabilities including, autism, intellectual disability, learning disabilities, epilepsy, and schizophrenia.  
In regard to commitment as a potential participant, we ask participants to take part in the following:
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in which we’ll take scans safely and non-invasively to capture images of the brain while the participant watches movie clips inside the scanner.
    • Compensation for the MRI scan visit is $50
      • you’ll also receive a copy of the brain scan! 
  • Developmental and cognitive assessments 
    • Compensation for the clinical assessment visit is $50
  • Parent report questionnaires on your child’s development and behavior 

If this is an opportunity you and your family would be interested in participating in, please reach out to the research coordinator, Sydney Messer at or (404) 785-3932.