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The Neurodevelopmental disorders research group focuses on the problems experienced by children and adults who have intellectual disabilities, borderline intellectual disorders, autism spectrum disorders and genetic syndromes related to development.

The multidisciplinary team composed of psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers, and graduate students, conducts high-quality research on mental, cognitive, and behavioural disorders in children and adults with neurological development disorders. We transfer the results of the research to both evaluational and interventional clinical practice. This allows us to offer information, advice and support to parents, caregivers, and professionals.

Main lines of research
  • Aging, mild cognitive deterioration, and dementia in people with intellectual disability.
  • Genetics in mental illness and challenging behaviour in people with intellectual disability
  • Behavioural and neuropsychological phenotypes of genetic origin
  • Autism and neuropsychology
  • Comprehensive attention to people with Borderline Intellectual Disorders
Strategic objectives
  • To be a reference group in research and teaching in neurodevelopmental disorders (NDD) (IDD, BID, ASD, among others).
  • Consolidating clinical research into Neurodegenerative Disorders in people with NDDs
  • Consolidating genetic and clinical research into Cognitive-Behavioural Phenotypes
  • To be a reference group in developing evaluation tests and cognitive intervention in NDDs
  • To be a reference group in the comprehensive (bio-psycho-social) care model for people with NDDs
  • Establishing research collaborations with national and international groups in the field of NDDs
Publications
Casellas-Vidal D, Mademont-Soler I, Sánchez J, Plaja A, Castells N, Camós M, Nieto-Moragas J, Del Mar García M, Rodriguez-Solera C, Rivera H, Brunet J, Álvarez S, Perapoch J, Queralt X, Obón M

ZDHHC15 as a candidate gene for autism spectrum disorder.

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF MEDICAL GENETICS PART A, 2023, 191, 941-947 dx.doi.org/10.1002/ajmg.a.63099
Gámez S, Cobo J, Fernández-Lafitte M, Coronas R, Parra I, Oliva JC, Àlvarez A, Esteba-Castillo S, Giménez-Palop O, Corripio R, Palao DJ, Caixàs A

An Exploratory Analysis on the 2D:4D Digit Ratio and Its Relationship with Social Responsiveness in Adults with Prader-Willi Syndrome.

Journal of Clinical Medicine, 2023, 12 dx.doi.org/10.3390/jcm12031155
Rodríguez-Hidalgo E, García-Alba J, Novell R, Esteba-Castillo S

The Global Deterioration Scale for Down Syndrome Population (GDS-DS): A Rating Scale to Assess the Progression of Alzheimer's Disease.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH, 2023, 20 dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20065096
Garcia-Alba, Javier, Rubio-Valdehita, Susana, Julia Sanchez, M., Garcia, Amelia I. M., Esteba-Castillo, Susanna, Gomez-Caminero, Marta

Cognitive training in adults with intellectual disability: pilot study applying a cognitive tele-rehabilitation program

International Journal of Developmental Disabilities, 2022, 68, 301-308 dx.doi.org/10.1080/20473869.2020.1764242
Esteba-Castillo S, Garcia-Alba J, Rodríguez-Hildago E, Vaquero L, Novell R, Moldenhauer F, Castellanos MÁ

Proposed diagnostic criteria for mild cognitive impairment in Down syndrome population

JOURNAL OF APPLIED RESEARCH IN INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES, 2022, 35, 495-505 dx.doi.org/10.1111/jar.12959
Fernández-Lafitte M, Cobo J, Coronas R, Parra I, Oliva JC, Àlvarez A, Esteba-Castillo S, Giménez-Palop O, Palao DJ, Caixàs A

Social Responsiveness and Psychosocial Functioning in Adults with Prader-Willi Syndrome

Journal of Clinical Medicine, 2022, 11 dx.doi.org/10.3390/jcm11051433
Rodríguez-Hidalgo E, García-Alba J, Buxó M, Novell R, Esteba-Castillo S

The Pictorial Screening Memory Test (P-MIS) for Adults with Moderate Intellectual Disability and Alzheimer's Disease

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH, 2022, 19 dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph191710780
Fernández A, Ramírez-Toraño F, Bruña R, Zuluaga P, Esteba-Castillo S, Abásolo D, Moldenhauer F, Shumbayawonda E, Maestú F, García-Alba J

Brain signal complexity in adults with Down syndrome: Potential application in the detection of mild cognitive impairment

FRONTIERS IN AGING NEUROSCIENCE, 2022, 14, 988540-988540 dx.doi.org/10.3389/fnagi.2022.988540
Casamitjana L, Blanco-Hinojo L, Giménez-Palop O, Pujol J, Martínez-Vilavella G, Esteba-Castillo S, Pareja R, Freijo V, Vigil L, Deus J, Caixàs A

One Year of Recombinant Human Growth Hormone Treatment in Adults with Prader-Willi Syndrome Improves Body Composition, Motor Skills and Brain Functional Activity in the Cerebellum

Journal of Clinical Medicine, 2022, 11 dx.doi.org/10.3390/jcm11071831
Mademont-Soler I, Casellas-Vidal D, Trujillo A, Espuña-Capote N, MAROTO, A., García-González MDM, Ruiz MD, Diego-Álvarez D, Queralt X, Perapoch J, Obón M

GLYT1 encephalopathy: Further delineation of disease phenotype and discussion of pathophysiological mechanisms

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF MEDICAL GENETICS PART A, 2021, 185, 476-485 dx.doi.org/10.1002/ajmg.a.61996
Competitive projects
Codi oficial: 101049115 Start date:01/03/2022 Data fi: 31/08/2024 Investigador/a principal: RAMON NOVELL ALSINA, LAURA VERGES PLANAGUMA Organisme finançador: EUROPEAN COMISSION Ajuda: 0 €
Codi oficial: Fundació Granés 2022 Start date:07/11/2022 Data fi: 06/11/2024 Investigador/a principal: SUSANNA ESTEBA CASTILLO Organisme finançador: FUNDACIO PRIVADA CANDI GRANES CAMPASOL Ajuda: 60,000 €
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