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Researchers Need You!

Date Last Revised: 
August 24, 2016
Date Published: 
January 16, 2008

How Can You Participate?

The most efficient way to learn about the autism spectrum disorder research projects for which you qualify is to participate in IAN Research. As you may know, IAN Research is conducted online.

Adults with an autism diagnosis answer questions about themselves and any children. Parents answer questions about themselves and their affected and unaffected children. Researchers throughout the world work with IAN to use this data to conduct their own research (with information removed that could be used to identify individuals). In addition, researchers throughout the United States work with IAN to find subjects for their studies. Based on the information that families and researchers provide, IAN matches the researchers' requirements (eligibility criteria/study eligibility) to the characteristics of willing IAN Research participants. When a family or family member qualifies for (matches) a research study, IAN contacts that family by email and that family has the option of contacting that research study. By participating in IAN Research, families have the opportunity to be matched with appropriate research projects as they emerge.

Please note that IAN is a resource linking the autism community and researchers. The studies listed are not endorsed by or performed under the auspices of the IAN Project at Kennedy Krieger Institute or the Johns Hopkins University Institutional Review Board. The information has been provided to us by the researchers, and although we try to keep it current, it is possible that some of the studies are no longer enrolling subjects.

Are You a Researcher?

IAN provides subject recruitment assistance to qualified research studies. Find out more about the services that IAN provides. Current IAN Research partners: if the recruitment status of your study has changed, please email us at ResearchTeam@IANProject.org.

Find a Study

To locate a U.S. study in your state or a nearby state, click on that state or peruse the list that follows. To find out more, click on that study's link. In addition to listing studies by state, we have included U.S. nationwide studies. If you are interested in participating in a study, contact that study directly. Remember, this is only a select listing of onsite and long-term research studies. Join IAN Research at https://www.IANresearch.org to be informed about all studies for which you may qualify, including online and mail-based.

View studies recruiting adults

Find a U.S. Study by State

Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas
California Colorado Connecticut Delaware
Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho
Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas
Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland
Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi
Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada
New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York
North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma
Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina
South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah
Vermont Virginia Washington Washington, D.C.
West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming Puerto Rico

Studies Recruiting Adults

Language and Communication Studies in Boston
Location: Boston, MA
Institution: Center for Autism Research Excellence (CARE) at Boston University
Principal Investigator: Dr. Helen Tager-Flusberg
Study Eligibility: Children and adolescents aged 4-21 years with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The studies focus on the brain and behavioral processes that are related to speech and language functioning in autism, with a particular emphasis on minimally verbal or nonverbal children and adolescents. There are three studies:

  • The Novel Language Intervention study is testing two interventions for minimally-verbal children with ASD. (Requires EEG & MRI.)
  • The Brain Systems for Language study is exploring ways in which language abilities and brain structures are connected in individuals with ASD at any level of language or with nonverbal ASD. (Requires EEG & MRI.)
  • The Profiles of Abilities study is working to characterize minimally-verbal children and adolescents with ASD. (Requires EEG.)

Contact: If you are interested in any of these studies, click on the following contact form Language and Communication Studies in Boston or email care@bu.edu
SR#1048 Recruitment Status: Recruiting

Understanding the Brain in Autism Spectrum Disorders (PDF format)
Institution: Boston University (coordinating institution)
Location: Boston, MA
Recruitment Status: Recruiting
Eligibility Criteria: Males with or without a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, aged 14 through 20 years. Participants cannot have any metal (e.g., dental braces) in their body.

U.S. Studies (Nationwide)

There are no studies recruiting nationwide at this time.

U.S. Studies by State

Arizona

Arkansas

Brain Development in Autism: Infant Siblings (PDF format)
Institution: Washington University School of Medicine
Location: Missouri (limited to residents of Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, and Ohio)
Recruitment Status: Recruiting
Eligibility Criteria: Infants under 12 months of age with an older sibling diagnosed with autism and pregnant women with a child diagnosed with autism

California

Colorado

Measuring Brain Structure and Function in Autism (PDF format)
Institution: University of Colorado
Location: University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO
Recruitment Status: Recruiting
Eligibility Criteria: Families with at least one child with a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder, at least three participants per family. Participants must be 5-55 years old, have normal hearing, and should not currently be abusing drugs or alcohol.

Connecticut

Brain Development in Autism: Infant Siblings (PDF format)
Institution: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Location: Philadelphia, PA (limited to residents of Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Vermont)
Recruitment Status: Recruiting
Eligibility Criteria: Infants under 12 months of age with an older sibling diagnosed with autism. If you have an older child who has been diagnosed with autism and are currently pregnant, your infant may be eligible for our study.

Delaware

Brain Development in Autism: Infant Siblings (PDF format)
Institution: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Location: Philadelphia, PA (limited to residents of Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Vermont)
Recruitment Status: Recruiting
Eligibility Criteria: Infants under 12 months of age with an older sibling diagnosed with autism. If you have an older child who has been diagnosed with autism and are currently pregnant, your infant may be eligible for our study.

Florida

Georgia

Idaho

Illinois

Brain Development in Autism: Infant Siblings (PDF format)
Institution: Washington University School of Medicine
Location: Missouri (limited to residents of Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, and Ohio)
Recruitment Status: Recruiting
Eligibility Criteria: Infants under 12 months of age with an older sibling diagnosed with autism and pregnant women with a child diagnosed with autism

Indiana

Brain Development in Autism: Infant Siblings (PDF format)
Institution: Washington University School of Medicine
Location: Missouri (limited to residents of Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, and Ohio)
Recruitment Status: Recruiting
Eligibility Criteria: Infants under 12 months of age with an older sibling diagnosed with autism and pregnant women with a child diagnosed with autism

Iowa

Brain Development in Autism: Infant Siblings (PDF format)
Institution: Washington University School of Medicine
Location: Missouri (limited to residents of Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, and Ohio)
Recruitment Status: Recruiting
Eligibility Criteria: Infants under 12 months of age with an older sibling diagnosed with autism and pregnant women with a child diagnosed with autism

Kansas

Brain Development in Autism: Infant Siblings (PDF format)
Institution: Washington University School of Medicine
Location: Missouri (limited to residents of Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, and Ohio)
Recruitment Status: Recruiting
Eligibility Criteria: Infants under 12 months of age with an older sibling diagnosed with autism and pregnant women with a child diagnosed with autism

Maine

Brain Development in Autism: Infant Siblings (PDF format)
Institution: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Location: Philadelphia, PA (limited to residents of Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Vermont)
Recruitment Status: Recruiting
Eligibility Criteria: Infants under 12 months of age with an older sibling diagnosed with autism. If you have an older child who has been diagnosed with autism and are currently pregnant, your infant may be eligible for our study.

Maryland

Motor Skill Learning in Autism: Assessment & Treatment of Altered Patterns of Learning (PDF format)
Institution: Kennedy Krieger Institute
Location: Baltimore, MD
Recruitment Status: Recruiting
Eligibility Criteria: Children with High Functioning Autism or Asperger's Syndrome, as well as typically developing children, ages 8 through 12 years

Massachusetts

Language and Communication Studies in Boston
Location: Boston, MA
Institution: Center for Autism Research Excellence (CARE) at Boston University
Principal Investigator: Dr. Helen Tager-Flusberg
Study Eligibility: Children and adolescents aged 4-21 years with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The studies focus on the brain and behavioral processes that are related to speech and language functioning in autism, with a particular emphasis on minimally verbal or nonverbal children and adolescents. There are three studies:

  • The Novel Language Intervention study is testing two interventions for minimally-verbal children with ASD. (Requires EEG & MRI.)
  • The Brain Systems for Language study is exploring ways in which language abilities and brain structures are connected in individuals with ASD at any level of language or with nonverbal ASD. (Requires EEG & MRI.)
  • The Profiles of Abilities study is working to characterize minimally-verbal children and adolescents with ASD. (Requires EEG.)

Contact: If you are interested in any of these studies, click on the following contact form Language and Communication Studies in Boston or email care@bu.edu
SR#1048 Recruitment Status: Recruiting

Brain Development in Autism: Infant Siblings (PDF format)
Institution: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Location: Philadelphia, PA (limited to residents of Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Vermont)
Recruitment Status: Recruiting
Eligibility Criteria: Infants under 12 months of age with an older sibling diagnosed with autism. If you have an older child who has been diagnosed with autism and are currently pregnant, your infant may be eligible for our study.

Michigan

Minnesota

Missouri

Brain Development in Autism: Infant Siblings (PDF format)
Institution: Washington University School of Medicine
Location: Missouri (limited to residents of Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, and Ohio)
Recruitment Status: Recruiting
Eligibility Criteria: Infants under 12 months of age with an older sibling diagnosed with autism and pregnant women with a child diagnosed with autism

Montana

New Hampshire

Language and Communication Studies in Boston
Location: Boston, MA
Institution: Center for Autism Research Excellence (CARE) at Boston University
Principal Investigator: Dr. Helen Tager-Flusberg
Study Eligibility: Children and adolescents aged 4-21 years with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The studies focus on the brain and behavioral processes that are related to speech and language functioning in autism, with a particular emphasis on minimally verbal or nonverbal children and adolescents. There are three studies:

  • The Novel Language Intervention study is testing two interventions for minimally-verbal children with ASD. (Requires EEG & MRI.)
  • The Brain Systems for Language study is exploring ways in which language abilities and brain structures are connected in individuals with ASD at any level of language or with nonverbal ASD. (Requires EEG & MRI.)
  • The Profiles of Abilities study is working to characterize minimally-verbal children and adolescents with ASD. (Requires EEG.)

Contact: If you are interested in any of these studies, click on the following contact form Language and Communication Studies in Boston or email care@bu.edu
SR#1048 Recruitment Status: Recruiting

Brain Development in Autism: Infant Siblings (PDF format)
Institution: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Location: Philadelphia, PA (limited to residents of Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Vermont)
Recruitment Status: Recruiting
Eligibility Criteria: Infants under 12 months of age with an older sibling diagnosed with autism. If you have an older child who has been diagnosed with autism and are currently pregnant, your infant may be eligible for our study.

New Jersey

New Jersey Language & Autism Genetics Study (NJLAGS)
Institution: Rutgers University
Location: Your home within 80 miles of Piscataway, NJ
SR00082 Recruitment Status: Recruiting through June 2017
Eligibility Criteria: Families with at least one individual diagnosed with autism who is older than 3 years of age; at least five immediate family members (for example, father or mother) or second degree relatives (for example, aunts, uncles, grandparents) who are interested in participating; at least one individual who has a history of language/learning problems (either in the immediate family or second degree relatives) or another individual who is on the autism spectrum (PDD, Asperger's Disorder, etc.); English is the primary language spoken in the home.

Brain Development in Autism: Infant Siblings (PDF format)
Institution: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Location: Philadelphia, PA (limited to residents of Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Vermont)
Recruitment Status: Recruiting
Eligibility Criteria: Infants under 12 months of age with an older sibling diagnosed with autism. If you have an older child who has been diagnosed with autism and are currently pregnant, your infant may be eligible for our study.

New York

Brain Development in Autism: Infant Siblings (PDF format)
Institution: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Location: Philadelphia, PA (limited to residents of Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Vermont)
Recruitment Status: Recruiting
Eligibility Criteria: Infants under 12 months of age with an older sibling diagnosed with autism. If you have an older child who has been diagnosed with autism and are currently pregnant, your infant may be eligible for our study.

Early Development of Brain Connectivity in Autism (PDF format)
Institution: NYU Child Study Center, Phyllis Green and Randolph Cowen Institute for Pediatric Neuroscience
Location: New York, NY
Recruitment Status: Recruiting
Eligibility Criteria: Children between 3 and 5 years of age with a diagnosis (or suspected diagnosis) of an autism spectrum disorder. Exclusions, such as medical conditions, and scores on diagnostic testing also apply. Please contact us directly for any questions regarding exclusions.

North Carolina

Ohio

Brain Development in Autism: Infant Siblings (PDF format)
Institution: Washington University School of Medicine
Location: Missouri (limited to residents of Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, and Ohio)
Recruitment Status: Recruiting
Eligibility Criteria: Infants under 12 months of age with an older sibling diagnosed with autism and pregnant women with a child diagnosed with autism

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Brain Development in Autism: Infant Siblings (PDF format)
Institution: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Location: Philadelphia, PA (limited to residents of Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Vermont)
Recruitment Status: Recruiting
Eligibility Criteria: Infants under 12 months of age with an older sibling diagnosed with autism. If you have an older child who has been diagnosed with autism and are currently pregnant, your infant may be eligible for our study.

Pitt Early Autism Study (P.E.A.S.) (PDF format)
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Recruitment Status: Recruiting
Eligibility Criteria: Infants between the ages of six and sixteen months with an older sibling diagnosed with or without Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Rhode Island

Language and Communication Studies in Boston
Location: Boston, MA
Institution: Center for Autism Research Excellence (CARE) at Boston University
Principal Investigator: Dr. Helen Tager-Flusberg
Study Eligibility: Children and adolescents aged 4-21 years with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The studies focus on the brain and behavioral processes that are related to speech and language functioning in autism, with a particular emphasis on minimally verbal or nonverbal children and adolescents. There are three studies:

  • The Novel Language Intervention study is testing two interventions for minimally-verbal children with ASD. (Requires EEG & MRI.)
  • The Brain Systems for Language study is exploring ways in which language abilities and brain structures are connected in individuals with ASD at any level of language or with nonverbal ASD. (Requires EEG & MRI.)
  • The Profiles of Abilities study is working to characterize minimally-verbal children and adolescents with ASD. (Requires EEG.)

Contact: If you are interested in any of these studies, click on the following contact form Language and Communication Studies in Boston or email care@bu.edu
SR#1048 Recruitment Status: Recruiting

Tennessee

Texas

Vermont

Brain Development in Autism: Infant Siblings (PDF format)
Institution: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Location: Philadelphia, PA (limited to residents of Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Vermont)
Recruitment Status: Recruiting
Eligibility Criteria: Infants under 12 months of age with an older sibling diagnosed with autism. If you have an older child who has been diagnosed with autism and are currently pregnant, your infant may be eligible for our study.

Virginia

Washington

Study of Autism Genetics Exploration (SAGE) (PDF format)
Institution: Seattle Children's Hospital
Location: Seattle, WA
Recruitment Status: Recruiting
Eligibility Criteria: Children diagnosed with autism or suspected of having an autism diagnosis; ages 2 to 18 years

Washington, D.C.

Motor Skill Learning in Autism: Assessment & Treatment of Altered Patterns of Learning (PDF format)
Institution: Kennedy Krieger Institute
Location: Baltimore, MD
Recruitment Status: Recruiting
Eligibility Criteria: Children with High Functioning Autism or Asperger's Syndrome, as well as typically developing children, ages 8 through 12 years

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