The Interactive Autism Network (IAN)

Project summary

The goal of this study is to determine the most accurate and cost-effective methods for enlarging the worldwide collection of samples used by scientists to search and identify genetic factors that cause autism. We are attempting to establish a mechanism to collect DNA samples through a web based, email recruitment strategy that should accelerate the pace of sample collection, but we would like to first demonstrate the accuracy of a rapid diagnosis paradigm by inviting your child into our clinic and have our clinicians independently diagnose your child to confirm what you have reported in the IAN (Interactive Autism Network at Kennedy Krieger Institute: Funded by AutismSpeaks) registry.

This is a multi-center research study conducted by Stanley F. Nelson, MD, from the Department of Human Genetics and Judith Piggot, MBChB, PhD from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); John N. Constantino, MD, from the Department of Psychiatry at the Washington University; and Paul Law, MD, MPH, and Kiely Law, MD, MPH, at the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

The first step to get involved in this study is to go to the IAN's website:, register and participate in research. The IAN team will send you the invitation letter if you meet the criteria for our study.  For more information, look at the current participation opportunities listed further down this page.

Primary Investigator: 
Stanley Nelson
Judith Piggot