|Civitan Neuroimaging Center
The Cognition, Brain, and Autism Laboratory (CBrA) is located in the UAB Civitan International Research Center (CIRC) building, which is at the intersection of 6th Avenue South and 18th Street South. We use the 3T Siemens Allegra head-only Scanner at the new Functional Neuroimaging facility (first floor) of CIRC. This scanner provides excellent stability and Signal-to-Noise-Ratio performance, making it relatively easy to see systematic brain activation associated with various cognitive processes. In most of our studies, we acquire one complete brain image (consisting of seventeen 5mm brain slices) once every second. The experiments are presented to the participant inside the scanner through an IFIS computer system using an experimental control system (E-Prime) and Inquisit. The MRI Scanning Center is conveniently located, easily accessible and extremely friendly and welcoming. There is a nice waiting area for the use offamilies who accompany the participants. This waiting area is at the lobby which is close to the scanner console. Families can relax, read magazines, have coffee and spend their waiting time at this facility. Most importantly the whole scanning environment is very friendly to the participants and families. It is located away from the busy corridors of hospitals and will be much less intimidating for people with autism. There are testing rooms in the scanning wing, where the participants can practice experimental tasks before they go into the scanner. There is also a locker room, where participants can safely store their belongings.
|UAB Civitan-Sparks Clinic
The UAB Civitan-Sparks Clinic is located at 930 20th Street South in the Community Health Services building. The Civitan-Sparks clinic started functioning in 2001 and focuses mainly on the autism diagnosis of children in the age group of 2-12 years. The autism clinic has a fairly rich database of families of people affected with autism. Our lab recruits participants through the Civitan-Sparks clinic, as well as from other sources, such as the autism clinic at University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, and The Alabama Autism Society.