There are many opportunities for families to participate in autism research. You can join a clinical trial, enroll in a research study, or participate online by adding your family information to a research database. 90% of children with cancer are enrolled in clinical trials, but only 5% of children with autism currently participate in research. Your participation will make a big difference.
Listed here are many opportunities to get involved in research in the New England area. Read about the studies here, contact researchers directly with questions or for more information, subscribe to get updates on any or all of the studies.
November 7, 2013
Location: Massachusetts General Hospital Lurie Center
Is there a connection between autism and the brain?
For adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder:
October 28, 2013
The Massachusetts General Hospital at the Lurie Center is currently recruiting for a new research study that will use a MR-PET scanner to examine the brains of adults with autism spectrum disorders. The study will include several visits.... Read more
Helen Tager-Flusberg, PhD, Robert Joseph, PhD, Barbara Shinn-Cunningham, PhD, Frank Guenther, PhD, Dara Manoach, PhD
Location: Boston University and Massachusetts General Hospital
The Boston University Autism Center of Excellence is recruiting adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) who are between 14 and 17 years of age for a study investigating why some children with ASD do not develop spoken language. Adolescents without spoken language and adolescents who are verbal are eligible for this study.
Participation... Read more
October 17, 2013
Drs. Martha Herbert, Katherine Martien, and Tal Kenet
Location: Massachusetts General Hospital
Do you have a child on the autism spectrum between ages 7 and 13? If so, you may be eligible to take part in our study and help us explore how the brain works!
What we study:
- The brain: how it works and how it develops
- How the brain and body affect each other
- Why some children have developmental disorders, such as autism
September 10, 2013
We need help from... Read more
Jan Blacher, Ph.D., University of California Riverside; Abbey Eisenhower, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Boston
Location: University of Massachusetts, Boston
The Smooth Sailing Study, funded by the Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, is aimed at understanding the transition to school for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The transition to formal schooling is a crucial milestone for all children. Through this study, we ask the question: What factors help children... Read more
August 30, 2013
Lindsey M. Oberman, PhD
Location: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is investigating cortical plasticity of the brain in individuals using noninvasive transcranial magnetic stimulation.
July 31, 2013
- Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is an experimental way to transiently activate specific brain areas through the scalp that has been used for the past 20 years in both... Read more
Dr. Linda Bandini
Location: UMass Medical School/ E.K. Shriver Center
The purpose of the Children’s Mealtime Study is to learn about the eating patterns, mealtime behaviors, and parent feeding practices of children ages 3-8 years who are either typically developing or have an intellectual/developmental delay.
The study involves one 2-3 hour visit at a UMass Medical School-affiliated site and parents complete a... Read more
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