Infant (1-12 months)

Eligibility

Individuals of all ages with a professional diagnosis of autism and their family members may participate.

Purpose

SPARK: Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research and Knowledge is a landmark national autism research study designed to speed up research and advance our understanding of autism to help improve lives. SPARK will collect unique information from thousands of individuals affected by autism to give researchers the information they need to improve treatment and achieve scientific advances as rapidity as possible. More participants in SPARK means more good data for research.

Involvement

Participation in SPARK can be done entirely at home – registration can be completed online and the DNA sample can be provided using a saliva collection kit mailed to the home. There is no cost to participate.

Benefits

Upon completion of the registration process, the individual with autism will receive a $50 gift card.

Contact

Maira Tafolla at (310) 206-8105

For more information visit https://sparkforautism.org/?code=ucla

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Eligibility

Infants less than six weeks of age (pregnant mothers are also encouraged to contact us) who have either:

  • A sibling diagnosed with autism
  • A clinically confirmed diagnosis of Tuberous Sclerosis Complex
  • A clinically confirmed diagnosis of 22q11.2 deletion or duplication syndrome
  • No family history of autism

Purpose

To study early brain development in infants at high risk for autism, in order to identify children who will benefit from early intervention.

Involvement

This study involves several visits to UCLA during your baby’s first year and will include:

  • Developmental Assessments
  • Non-Invasive EEG
  • MRI (during natural sleep, no sedation or radiation involved)

There is no cost to participate and medical insurance is not required.

Benefits

Families will receive detailed feedback on their infant’s developmental progress. Children showing early signs of autism will be referred for possible participation in an early intervention study led by Dr. Connie Kasari.

Contact

Gabi MacNaughton at: (310) 825-3478 or GMacnaughton@mednet.ucla.edu
https://www.babybibs.org/

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