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

Raquel Amador: RaquelAmador@mednet.ucla.edu

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

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Eligibility

You may be eligible if:

  • You have a baby that is 6 months or younger
  • You have been diagnosed with Postpartum Depression
  • You have not been diagnosed with Postpartum Depression

Purpose

The purpose of the study is to investigate the relationship between oxytocin, a hormone that is involved in social development, and qualities of the developing mother-infant relationship.

Involvement

This study involves remote participation via Zoom (3 visits).

Benefits

Participants will receive a $25 dollar amazon e-code for the first two visits and a $15 dollar amazon e-code for the final third visit.

Contact

Cami Ferrario: Cferrario@mednet.ucla.edu

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