Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 38, Issue 1, pp 2–13

Offering to Share: How to Put Heads Together in Autism Neuroimaging


    • Department of Human DevelopmentCornell University
  • John C. Mazziotta
    • Department of NeurologyUniversity of California Los Angeles
  • Nancy J. Minshew
    • Departments of Psychiatry and NeurologyUniversity of Pittsburgh
  • Alan C. Evans
    • McConnell Brain Imaging CentreMontreal Neurological Institute
  • Eric Courchesne
    • Department of NeurosciencesUniversity of California San Diego
  • Stephen R. Dager
    • Department of RadiologyUniversity of Washington
  • Susan Y. Bookheimer
    • Brain Mapping CenterUniversity of California Los Angeles
  • Elizabeth H. Aylward
    • Department of RadiologyUniversity of Washington
  • David G. Amaral
    • MIND InstituteUniversity of California Davis
  • Rita M. Cantor
    • Department of Human GeneticsUniversity of California Los Angeles
  • Diane C. Chugani
    • Departments of Pediatrics and RadiologyChildren’s Hospital of Michigan
  • Anders M. Dale
    • Department of NeurosciencesUniversity of California San Diego
  • Christos Davatzikos
    • Department of RadiologyUniversity of Pennsylvania
  • Guido Gerig
    • Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of North Carolina
  • Martha R. Herbert
    • Department of NeurologyHarvard Medical School
  • Janet E. Lainhart
    • Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Utah
  • Declan G. Murphy
    • Department of Psychological MedicineInstitute of Psychiatry, King’s College London
  • Joseph Piven
    • Department of PsychiatryUniversity of North Carolina
  • Allan L. Reiss
    • Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesStanford University
  • Robert T. Schultz
    • Child Study CenterYale University
  • Thomas A. Zeffiro
    • Neural Systems GroupMassachusetts General Hospital
  • Susan Levi-Pearl
    • Tourette Syndrome Association
  • Clara Lajonchere
    • Autism Genetic Resource Exchange
  • Sophia A. Colamarino
    • Cure Autism Now
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10803-006-0352-2

Cite this article as:
Belmonte, M.K., Mazziotta, J.C., Minshew, N.J. et al. J Autism Dev Disord (2008) 38: 2. doi:10.1007/s10803-006-0352-2


Data sharing in autism neuroimaging presents scientific, technical, and social obstacles. We outline the desiderata for a data-sharing scheme that combines imaging with other measures of phenotype and with genetics, defines requirements for comparability of derived data and recommendations for raw data, outlines a core protocol including multispectral structural and diffusion-tensor imaging and optional extensions, provides for the collection of prospective, confound-free normative data, and extends sharing and collaborative development not only to data but to the analytical tools and methods applied to these data. A theme in these requirements is the need to preserve creative approaches and risk-taking within individual laboratories at the same time as common standards are provided for these laboratories to build on.


ImagingMRIPETMorphometrySegmentationData sharing

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