BASIS, Birkbeck College

Birkbeck, University of London

Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck,
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX
United Kingdom

Participant's Lead

Mark Johnson

Prof. Dr. Mark Johnson
Academic Researcher
Phone: +44 20 7631 6226
Fax: +44 20 7631 6587


Project Staff

Dr. Emily Jones
Research Fellow
EU-AIMS Work Package 4 Task 1
Phone: +44 20 7631 6323
Fax: +44 20 7631 6587

Dr. Luke Mason
Phone:+44 (0)20 7079 0764
Fax: +44 (0)20 7631 6587

Dr. Teodora Gliga
Research Fellow
Phone: +44 20 7631 6322
Fax: +44 20 7631 6587

Partner Presentation

The British Autism Study of Infant Siblings (BASIS) is a collaborative research network for the study of infants at-risk for autism that was established in 2008. The network has grown rapidly in the UK, and now also includes a number of European and Australian researchers. BASIS recruits families with an infant at-risk by virtue of having an older sibling already ASD diagnosed. Using state-of-the-art techniques for studying brain and behaviour in infants, BASIS scientists investigate the earliest emerging brain and behavioral signs of autism over the first 3 years, potentially enabling both a clearer understanding of basic biomarkers and identifying targets for earlier and more effective intervention. BASIS is Europe's largest program for studying infants at-risk for ASD with over 270 families recruited to date.

BASIS is based at the Centre for Brain & Cognitive Development (BC) at Birkbeck, University of London. Established in 1998, the BC is housed in a purpose-designed building that contains extensive laboratory space with state-of-the-art EEG, ERP, NIRS, eye-tracking and behavioral testing facilities. BC has an international reputation for training and research in human functional brain development using these methods, resulting in it being designated a EU Marie Curie Training Centre of Excellence in 2006 (renewed for 2011-14). Members of the BC have won various international awards, including the Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2006. The BC maintains a database of over 2,000 infants allowing for carefully selected low-risk controls. BC is part of the Department of Psychological Sciences at Birkbeck that is very highly rated for its research (5th/76 in RAE 2008).