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Research Studies

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.


May 22, 2013
Sibling and Disabilities Study

Dr. Anne F. Farrell

Location: University of Connecticut


  • Do you have a brother or sister with an intellectual or developmental disability?
  • Are you 18 years and older and live in the US?
  • Do you provide care and/or support to your brother or sister with a disability? This can include everything from living with your sibling to driving them to the doctor, to talking on the phone and visiting.

... Read more


Tags: Over 18;

September 27, 2012
Social Skills

Roula Choueiri

Location: Tufts University Medford Campus

Attention Parents and Caregivers!

Is your child between the ages of 9-12? On the autism spectrum? Have at least average language and cognitive abilities?

He or she may be eligible to participate in a free 16-week study on the effectiveness of Lego robotics activities on encouraging social communication in children with autism.

Groups meet once... Read more


Tags: 5 to 10; 10 to 18; Tufts Medical; Cognition and Behavior;

January 11, 2012
Infant Siblings Project

Charles Nelson, PhD (CHB) and Helen Tager-Flusberg, PhD (BU)

Location: Children's Hospital Boston

Are you interested in getting involved in autism research?  The Infant Sibling Project is a collaborative research project between Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School, and Boston University under the direction of Dr. Charles Nelson and Dr. Helen Tager-Flusberg.  The goal of our study is to learn more about the early risk markers... Read more


Tags: Under 5; Boston Children's Hospital; Boston Medical Center/Boston University; Brain imaging studies; Cognition and Behavior; Gene Discovery;

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