Frist Center for Autism and Innovation

Autistic individuals and families sought for non-invasive study

Posted by on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 in research and development.

Led by Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Zachary Warren, Ph.D., the SPARK for Autism study is looking for individuals of all ages with a professional diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to become part of the largest autism study ever undertaken in the United States. Biological parents and full biological siblings (with and without ASD) are invited to participate as well. There’s no cost to register, no travel involved, no blood being drawn and compensation is valued at up to $50. Participants will also get access to free autism resources through the project’s sponsor and could potentially receive results from participation as well. SPARK’s goal is to dramatically advance the pace of discovery regarding the causes, and ultimately novel treatments for, autism. Register at or contact Sarah Carpenter, outreach coordinator, at 615-875-9970 or

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