for people ages 18 months and up (full criteria)
Healthy Volunteers
healthy people welcome
study started
completion around
Principal Investigator
by Rajsekar Rajaraman, MD (ucla)



The purpose of this study is to characterize the developmental phenotype of ASD and ID and to identify biomarkers using advanced MRI methodology and electrophysiological biomarkers of synaptic function and connectivity predictive of ASD and ID presence and severity in patients with TSC. In addition, this study will be establishing infrastructure for the collection and storage of human bio-specimens, including genetic material, from TSC patients and their family members with ASD.


Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) is a multi-system disease that usually exhibits a high variability in clinical findings both among and within families. About 50% of individuals with TSC develop intellectual disability (ID) and/or autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The purpose of this research study is to learn more information about ASD/ID in individuals with TSC through neurobehavioral assessments, electroencephalogram (EEG) data, and magnetic resonance imaging so that ultimately effective treatments and interventions for ASD/ID can be realized.

Individuals with TSC will be asked to participate in this study if they are 18 months or older at the time of enrollment and have been diagnosed with suspected or confirmed autism spectrum disorder and/or intellectual disability, as well as healthy controls. Both males and females will be asked to participate. Additionally, to be eligible for study participation, individuals' primary communicative language must be English. The participant and at least one biological parent will be asked to provide biological specimens including DNA and RNA for inclusion in the TSC RDCRN Biorepository.

The study involves 3 on site visits over the course of two years. Study visits will vary in length from about 4 hours to 6 hours. Study visits involve a physical exam, medical history questions, and neuropsychological assessments. A subset of participants between the ages of 2 and 11 years old will take part in the EEG portion of the study. At one point during the study, a blood draw will be done for future research studies. Individuals who have a clinically indicated MRI will have an option to provide routine clinical scans for analysis.


Tuberous Sclerosis, Autism Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Tuberous Sclerosis Complex, TSC, Autism, ASD, ID, MRI, EEG, Sclerosis, Autistic Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder


You can join if…

Open to people ages 18 months and up

  • Meets genetic or clinical diagnostic criteria for TSC (Tuberous Sclerosis), the latter based on current recommendations for diagnostic evaluation, such as physical exam, neuroimaging, and echocardiogram.
  • Age criteria: over 18 months of age at time of enrollment.
  • Is diagnosed or suspected to have ASD and/or ID.
  • Primary communicative language is English

You CAN'T join if...

  • Has taken an investigational drug as part of another research study, within 30 days prior to study enrollment.
  • For subjects involved in imaging biomarker assessment: contraindications to 3T MRI scanning, such as metal implants/non-compatible medical devices or medical conditions, including vagus nerve stimulator.
  • For subjects involved in EEG/ERP biomarker assessment: contraindications to EEG/ERP, such as uncooperative or destructive behaviors preventing lead placement or capture by ERP/VEP equipment. Under age 2 or above age 11 at the time of enrollment.
  • Unwilling or unable to comply with study procedures and assessments.


  • University of California at Los Angeles accepting new patients
    Los Angeles California 90095 United States
  • Stanford University accepting new patients
    Palo Alto California 94304 United States

Lead Scientist at University of California Health

  • Rajsekar Rajaraman, MD (ucla)
    Hs Associate Clinical Professor, Pediatrics, Medicine. Authored (or co-authored) 24 research publications


accepting new patients
Start Date
Completion Date
Boston Children's Hospital
Study Type
Expecting 195 study participants
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