Babysibs Project

The British Autism Study of Infant Siblings (BASIS) is a collaborative research network for studying the development of brothers and sisters of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Our co-ordinating centre is based at The Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development in the Department of Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London. BASIS aims to encourage collaboration between scientists working in the area by setting up a national centre for recruiting babies for research studies. 

The researchers are particularly interested in hearing from families with babies that are between 0 to 9 months who have a full brother or sister with autism. If your children are half – brothers or sisters or if your children are not babies within this age range they would still be very interested to hear from you so that we can send you updates and let you know if your family is eligible for future studies. 

How to get involved
If you would like to join the network please email us or telephone us at the number below. You will be asked to provide your contact information, the names and ages of your children, and a brief family history. You will then be asked to complete a consent form giving your permission to store this information on our secure database.

By telephone: 
Please call BASIS on 0207 079 0761

By email:
Please email Ms. Janice Fernandes at [email protected]


Birkbeck University Babylab contact details:

Email: [email protected]



Phone: +44 (0)20 7631 6258

Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development
Department of Psychological Sciences
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street
London, WC1E 7HX