Researchers Looking For Families With Children Aged 7-12 Years Old

Research Center1: University of California, San Francisco
Location: 1701 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94115, United States

Research Center2: University of Connecticut
Location: Storrs, CT 06269, United States

Lead Researchers: Dr. Robert Hendren; Dr. Fumiko Hoeft
IRB Committee: This study has been reviewed and approved by the University of California San Francisco Institutional Review Board


Before recent research, it was thought that infants did not have cognition until they learned how to speak. It is now known that babies are aware of their surroundings and are actively learning. Cognitive development refers to how a person perceives, thinks, and gains an understanding of the world. This happens through the interaction of genetics and learned circumstances. 

The purpose of this study is to learn more about how children inherit cognitive traits. Through this study, researchers hope to understand how cognitive abilities are passed on in families. Further, this study may help researchers better understand how genes and the environment influence the human brain. 

This study is looking for families who have children between the ages of 7 and 12 years old. The children of the interested family must have been conceived through assisted reproductive technology (including donor egg/sperm process, in-vitro fertilization or surrogacy). Families must be willing to comply with the necessary study requirements. Eligible families will be compensated for their participation. Same sex couples can join this study!

Why Participate? 

  • The information that your family will provide may help healthcare and education professionals better understand or learn more about cognitive abilities including emotion regulation in families, which may translate to better understanding and treatment of cognition/emotion-based illness.
  • Your family will be compensated with $100 per adult and $50 per child for participating in this study. Your child will receive a combination (of their choosing) of $10 worth of small prizes, toys, and/or Amazon/iTunes gift cards. Additional compensation may be provided for referring other families.
  • Your family will be helping to advance mental health research.

Your Rights

  • If you and your family decide to participate in the study but later change your mind, you may withdraw at any time.
  • Your family’s records relating to this study and any other information received will be kept strictly confidential, except as required by law.
  • Qualified health professionals will monitor your family’s health as it relates to the study.

Who Can Participate?

  • Families who have children between the ages of 7 and 12 years old. 
    • The children of the interested family must have been conceived through assisted reproductive technology (including donor egg/sperm process, in-vitro fertilization or surrogacy). 
  • This research study has 2 sites (the University of California, San Francisco and the University of Connecticut). For the University of California, San Francisco, interested participants must be able to attend 2 study visits at the research site for over 2 consecutive days.The total time per individual for each visit will be about 9 hours in a day. For the University of Connecticut, interested participants must be able to attend 1 study visit which will take about 6-7 hours. The research study will involve: .
    • An  initial screening and assessment process. The screening process will be done over the phone or via videoconference. 
    • An assessment process will also involve undergoing an MRI scan, answering questionnaires and surveys (some surveys may be answered at home). The assessment process may take between 2 to 4 hours, and surveys will take approximately 2 hours, while the MRI will take 1.5-2 hours to complete.

Please note that this study requires that the 2 parents are both living together with their children.

About The Research Center:

University of California San Francisco
The University of California San Francisco is driven by the idea that with the best research, the best teaching and the best patient care converging, researchers can deliver breakthroughs that help heal the world. From genomics and immunology to specialty care for women and children, UCSF brings together the world’s leading experts in nearly every area of health. UCSF is home to 5 Nobel laureates who have advanced the understanding of cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, aging and stem cells. Their hospitals and educational programs consistently rank among the best in the country, according to the latest surveys by the U.S. News & World Report. The University of California, San Francisco is the leading university dedicated exclusively to the health sciences.
University of Connecticut
The University of Connecticut is a national leader among public research universities, with more than 32,000 students seeking answers to critical questions in classrooms, labs, and the community. A culture of innovation drives this pursuit of knowledge throughout the University’s network of campuses. Connecticut’s commitment to higher education helps UConn attract students who thrive in the most competitive environments, as well as globally renowned faculty members. Our school pride is fueled by a history of success that has made us a standout in Division I athletics. UConn fosters a diverse and vibrant culture that meets the needs and seizes the opportunities of a dynamic global society.

Please note:
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the researchers would like to assure the participants that ensuring their and the study staff’s safety is of utmost importance.

What Next?

  1. Click the link below to enter your contact details and take the study questionnaire.
  2. If eligible, a member of the research team will contact you to discuss the study and answer any questions you may have.
Click Here to Check Your Eligibility for This Study