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Baby Connectome Project

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


The goal of this study is to further learn how a healthy human brain changes and works, specifically at a very young age. This study will help us learn more about children's mental, emotional and behavioral development, as well as understanding the possible causes of learning disabilities and neurodevelopmental disorders. This will be done by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of the child's brain during various times of development. Not only is MRI a safe and non-invasive procedure, but there will be no medication or sedation used for this study at any point.


Behavior, Brain/Head, Pediatrics





0 - 5 years


Study Population

Newborns-Children - Typically Developing - Brain


Weili Lin
Dixie Lee Boney Soo Professor
Radiology - Research

For questions, contact:

Kristine Baluyot
(919) 843-5420

Recruitment Period End

November 4, 2020


Primary Location
Biomedical Research Imaging Center
Marsico Hall, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, USA

Study Qualifications

Gender Any

Age Range 0 - 5 years

Participant qualification(s) Child born between gestational age of 37-42 weeks with normal birth weight, Absence of major pregnancy and delivery complications

Not eligible if: Child is adopted, 1st degree relative with autism, intellectual disability, or bipolar disorder

Number of Visits

    » 2 In person visit(s)

    1 Screening, 1 Clinic

    » 0 Remote visit(s)

Participation Period

1 week ~ 2 years


Target Gift Card / $90

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