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.
January 22, 2015
Ruth Grossman, Ph.D.
Location: Emerson College
Researchers at Emerson College are looking for typical children and children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) ages 10-16 to participate in research about how children with and without ASD interpret and produce emotion in facial expressions and tone of voice during daily conversations. Children will watch images or videos on a computer screen... Read more
January 14, 2015
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
January 7, 2015
Alvaro Pascual-Leone, MD, PhD
Location: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
We are currently seeking participants for a brain research study at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
The main purpose of this study is to compare brain plasticity between people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), people who are intellectually disabled and people who have typical intellectual function. Research suggests that during... Read more
January 7, 2015
Seth Ness, MD (Janssen) Matthew Goodwin, PhD (Northeastern)
Location: Northeastern University
The main goal of this study is to evaluate the usability of the JAKE as a system to monitor clinical outcomes in ASD.
Doctor Goodwin is doing this study for the sponsor. An independent ethics committee or institutional review board has approved the study.
About 80 patients ages 3 through adult will take part in this US study.
November 18, 2014
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Nancy Kanwisher, PhD, Rebecca Saxe, PhD, Pawan Sinha, PhD, and John Gabrieli, PhD
Location: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
We invite children, teens, and adults with autism spectrum disorders (e.g., autism, PDD-NOS, Asperger’s) to participate in studies about social cognition.
Research studies take place inside Building 46 at MIT. Our building is also home to the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, the Picower Center for Learning and Memory,... Read more
November 6, 2014
Carolyn Bridgemohan, David Cochran, Jean Frazier, Yamini Howe, Karen Miller, Laura Sices, Monica Ultmann
Location: 5 Sites Across Boston
This study is taking place at five centers that are a part of the Autism Consortium: Boston Children's Hospital; Boston Medical Center; The Lurie Center at Massachusetts General Hospital; Tufts, Floating Hospital for Children, the Center for Children with Special Needs and Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics; and UMass Memorial Health Care... Read more
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