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Visual Evaluarion of newborn babies intra utero infected by Zika virus

Grant number: 16/21573-7
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2017
Effective date (End): February 28, 2019
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Psychology - Physiological Psychology
Cooperation agreement: Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)
Principal researcher:Marcelo Fernandes da Costa
Grantee:Heydi Segundo Tabares
Home Institution: Instituto de Psicologia (IP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:14/26818-2 - Development and implementation of visual evaluation methods: clinical applications and animal models, AP.TEM


In this research is evaluated the contrast sensitivity function in babies whose mothers had Zika virus in pregnancy. This study will be conducted in approximately 60 children with age between 3 and 18 months, half of these children will be part of the control group. The contrast sensitivity function will be tested by the Psykinematix psychophysics Program (KyberVision v.1.4.3). It is expected to find changes in the curve that describes the contrast sensitivity in babies exposed to Zika virus in pregnancy. It is worth noting that so far this type of analysis is not reported in the literature. (AU)