What is IBIS?

The Infant Brain Imaging Study, or IBIS, is a research study of brain development in infants and children with autism. The IBIS Network is a consortium of researchers across North America that work together to discover early changes in brain development of young children with autism. Our aim is to uncover important clues about brain development that can aid very early detection of autism.

Credit: Martin Styner, IBIS Network

Credit: Martin Styner, IBIS Network

Credit: Mark Shen, IBIS Network

Credit: Mark Shen, IBIS Network


Participants will travel to their closest study location to receive developmental and behavioral assessments, an MRI scan of the brain. Participants will be reimbursed for travel and related expenses. Assessment and MRI scans associated with the project are provided at no cost to the family, and participants will be given any new information gained upon completion of the study. Families of children at high risk for developing symptoms of autism will receive assistance with referrals for local services.

Study Sites

University of Minnesota

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

University of Washington

Washington University in St. Louis

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

IBIS in the News

Neuroimaging Technique May Help Predict Autism Among High-risk Infants


Functional connectivity magnetic resonance imaging (fcMRI) may predict which high-risk, 6-month old infants will develop autism spectrum disorder by age 2 years, according to a new study.

Brain Scans Spot Early Signs of Autism in High-risk Babies

NATURE.COM 15 February 2017

By scanning the brains of babies whose siblings have autism, researchers say they have been able to make reasonably accurate forecasts about which of these high-risk infants will later develop autism themselves.

Autism is Detectable in Brain Scans Long Before Symptoms Appear, New Study Says

USATODAY.COM 16 February 2017

Researchers at the University of North Carolina used brain scans to predict with 80% accuracy whether certain children would develop autism, meaning such scans could enable early treatment of the disorder long before symptoms are evident.

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