Microcephaly | Frequently Asked Questions

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Contact the Department of Neurology

At Boston Children’s Hospital, our care is informed by our research, and our discoveries in the laboratory strengthen the care we provide at each child's bedside. Boston Children’s extensive scientific research program includes several active programs studying the causes and development of brain disorders.

Genetic research on microcephaly

  • Boston Children’s Brain Development and Genetics Clinic (617-919-4371) offers evaluations for children with brain malformations and other disorders of brain development, including microcephaly. The clinic has ongoing genetic studies to better understand microcephaly’s diverse genetic causes.

Neuroscience research at Boston Children’s

These programs are providing general insights on brain and nervous system development that may improve our understanding of microcephaly in the future.

  • The F.M. Kirby Neurobiology Center is the largest basic neuroscience research enterprise at a U.S. hospital. It incorporates basic and translational neuroscience research focused on the developing nervous system, both to understand how it functions and to find treatments for disorders and injury of the nervous system.
  • The Translational Neuroscience Center brings together clinicians and scientists in Developmental Medicine, Genetics and Genomics, Neurobiology, Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry to help advance scientific discoveries to the bedside.

Clinical trials on microcephaly

Search clinical trials for microcephaly on ClinicalTrials.gov, the National Institutes of Health’s list of clinical trials taking place around the world.

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