Ghent UniversityUniversiteit Gent, Gent, Belgium
Ghent University (UGENT) is one of the leading institutions of higher education and research in the Low Countries. Ghent University is an open, committed and pluralistic university with a broad international perspective. It is a fully comprehensive research-intensive institution of considerable size with over 41,000 students and around 6,600 academic staff members.
The Developmental Disorders lab has a strong research tradition on pathophysiology, diagnosis and intervention in neurodevelopmental disorders, especially autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Besides ASD, also individuals with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) or learning disorders, preterm born children participate in the studies of the lab. Participants are children, adolescents, and adults, which gives the possibility to take into account a developmental dimension.
This fundamental research contributes to psychological theory building and has implications for screening, diagnosis and intervention. In addition to observational methods, there is a specific focus on psychophysiological research. The research group also participates in cross-national studies on psychological interventions, neurophysiological research in babies, screening of ASD and genetics.
Ghent University has child and family friendly labs for electroencephalography (EEG), functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), eye-tracking and behavioural observation.
Role in AIMS-2-TRIALS
Ghent University will participate in the following projects:
Validation of stratification biomarkers more specifically biomarkers in brain activity and behaviours in pre-school children (PIP). 75 pre-schoolers will be followed up between the ages of 3-6 to validate biomarkers.
European Clinical Research Network; Ghent University will be part of the Clinical Trials Network that will be trained to Good Clinical Practice (GCP) standards.
Ghent University may be involved in the testing new medicines project, as a recruitment site, which will involve testing medications using a stratified medicine approach.