Research Studies

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Join forces with researchers to help advance the understanding and treatment  of autism. There are studies in our area that are ongoing and asking for participants.

These studies are critical to the advancement of therapeutic and educational tools that help our children. In choosing which studies may be appropriate for your child, read carefully the criteria to make sure your situation matches that of the study.

Each study provides contact information: please contact the study directly for more information on each.

University of Massachusetts’ Child and Adolescent Neuro Development Initiative -CANDI

Learn more by reading about CANDI in their Brochure

UMass CANDI Study – Brain Imaging: A research study for Boys with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Typical Development.

CANDI Fragile X Drug Investigation Trials for Children

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ASPIRE – Internships for people with Asperger Syndrome

CANDI Research Study: MRI with Children and Adolescents diagnosed with Fragile X or Down Syndrome

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The Child and Adolescent Neurodevelopment Initiative (CANDI) at the University of

Massachusetts Medical School is conducting a research study focused on Magnetic

Resonance Imaging (MRI) with children diagnosed with Fragile X or Down Syndrome.

Purpose of the Study

This study is sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Center for Clinical and

Translational Science. The purpose of the study is to determine if we can find ways to help

children undergo MRI without needing to be sedated. We are especially interested in

learning ways to help children with developmental disabilities, such as Fragile X syndrome

and Down syndrome with having an MRI. We also hope to learn more about the features of

the brains of children and adolescents aged 7-17 with Fragile X or Down syndrome.

Participation in this study will last up to approximately 1½ months and requires 2 visits to the

University of Massachusetts Medical School. There will also be some activities that for you

to use at home with your child to prepare him or her for MRI. These activities take about 10

to 15 minutes and can be repeated as often as you feel necessary. For each visit to the

office, a small payment will be offered to offset travel expenses. All study-related evaluations

are provided at no cost.

Eligibility

Males or females between 7 and 17 years of age

Diagnosis of Fragile X syndrome or Down syndrome

Parent willing to assist with desensitization activities at home

 

If you are interested in learning more about this study, please contact:

Child and Adolescent Neurodevelopment Initiative (CANDI)

University of Massachusetts Medical School

Biotech One, 365 Plantation Street, Suite 100

Worcester, MA 01605-2397

(508) 856-5896 or ChildResearch@umassmed.edu

 

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Boston Children’s Hospital

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Study Name:  Investigations of Neuroplasticity in Autism Spectrum Disorders

What is this study about?  The main purpose of this study is to investigate brain plasticity in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Research suggests that during development the brains of individuals with ASD may change in response to their experiences differently than the brains of typically developing individuals.  We want to understand why and how this difference may contribute to the symptoms of ASD. In this study, we will measure brain plasticity with transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). TMS is a way to noninvasively activate specific brain areas through the scalp, and it has been used for years in neurology and psychiatry.

How much time does it take? The study involves four visits to Boston Children’s Hospital that last between 2-4 hours.

Who can be in the study?  Children ages 6-16 with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Who do I contact if I am interested in hearing more about the study?  Please contact the study coordinator, Gabrielle Block.

Phone: (617) 667-0206

Email: Gabrielle.Block@childrens.harvard.edu

 

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 development the brains of individuals with ASD may change in response to their experiences differently than the brains of typically developing or intellectually disabled individuals.  We want to understand why and how this difference may contribute to the symptoms of ASD.

Brain plasticity is the brain’s ability to change and learn through experience. In this study, we will measure brain plasticity with transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

TMS is a noninvasive way of stimulating the brain.  TMS uses a magnetic field to cause activity in the brain.  The magnetic field is produced by a coil that is held next to the scalp.  In this study, we will use TMS to create activity in the brain, and then measure the brain’s response to the activity.

To participate, you must be between the ages of 21-65 and have either:

  • A diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • An intellectual Disability
  • Typical intellectual function

If interested, please contact Gabrielle Block at gblock@bidmc.harvard.edu or at 617-667-0206

 

Mass General Hospital TRANSCEND

Mass General Hospital TRANSCEND Study

Healthy Children/ Children with Autism Spectrum

Disorders Ages 7 to 17

Needed for Research Studies

Compensation provided
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Boston University Research On Autism and Developmental Disabilities

Measuring Autism Potential Study

In the Measuring Autism Potential project we are exploring how children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) who have very limited verbal skills process language, and how their potential for understanding speech can be reliably measured. Our broader goals are to develop novel methods of assessing children’s receptive language skills that don’t rely on traditional measures (such as pointing), and innovative intervention techniques that are especially suited to enhancing language comprehension in older children with ASD.

Researchers at MIT and Boston University are looking for children and teens ages 5-17 to participate in a study about language.

2-4 visits to MIT for language tests and safe, child-friendly MRI brain imaging.
Receive a picture of your brain and $20-30 per hour in gift cards!

Where?
We are on the MIT Campus in Cambridge. We are a short walk from the Kendall/MIT Red Line T stop. We also offer free parking.
When?
At your convenience, days or evenings, weekdays or weekends.
Contact?
Please contact us any time at:
Email: ProjectBILD@gmail.com
Phone: 617–835-7668
Web site: Click here.

This research is conducted by Dr. John Gabrieli and Dr.Ken Wexler at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
and by Dr. Helen Tager-Flusberg at Boston University.

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