We are looking for expecting mothers that are interested in participating in such cutting-edge research. In order to participate, you must:

  • Currently be pregnant with a baby between the ages of 18 and 39 weeks gestational age
  • Be a US citizen or a non-citizen with a Green Card
  • Have no contra-indication for MRI procedure (i.e. metal in your body, a history of working with metal, implanted medical devices).

Our current study involves 2 lab visits and 3 follow-up phone interviews:

Visit 1: We will take pictures of your baby using MRI; the scan will take about 45 minutes. We will also ask you to answer questions that pertain to your health, your social environment, and your thoughts and feelings.

Pregnant mothers have been safely scanned using MRI for over 20 years. Some researchers have studied whether or not MRI has lasting effects on the developing child. So far we have learned that there are not lasting negative effects. However, it is possible that there might be negative effects that we have not seen. We use MRI with a belief that it is safe for you and your baby, but also recommend that anybody interested in being in our MRI studies speak to their regular doctors and obstetricians if they have any concerns. Medical doctors can be a great resource when making this kind of decision and are likely to give you a good recommendation. Our studies use no injections, needles, radiation or dyes. We do not expose our study volunteers to any substances or treatments.

Visit 2: We may ask you to bring your baby in for an MRI and/or an EEG exam after he or she is born. MRI scanning allows doctors to take pictures of the inside of your baby’s body while an EEG is a brain wave test that monitors the electrical brain activity that comes from your baby’s brain.

Phone Interviews: We will call you when your baby is 4 months old, 12 months old, and 18 months old to conduct a short, 20 minute interview. We just want to check up on you and your new baby!

Visits take place at the MRI research facility at Wayne State University’s University Health Center, located at 4201 St. Antonie, Detroit MI 48201.

Participating families can earn up to $320 if they participate in all parts of the study. Participants also have a unique opportunity to learn about how the brain develops and to make a difference through science.

No one outside of our research group will know that you were in the study. After your visit, your name is replaced with a number and no identifying information is associated with your data.

All of our studies are reviewed and approved by the Wayne State Human Investigation Committee, which consists of a group of people who review research studies to ensure that our studies are ethically sound and safe for our participants. If you have questions about this process, you can contact this committee at (313) 577-1628.

All of our testing dates are on the weekend and we work around your schedule as much as possible. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment, you can email us at brainstudy@wayne.edu or call us at 313-664-2525.