Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience | Autism Research Program

Are you interested in participating in autism research?

The Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience with the Translational Neuroscience Center (TNC) invites parents and guardians to join our participant registry and help us answer questions about autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disorders in infants and children.

More than 25,000 families like yours have signed up for the registry. The TNC’s Participant Registry’s goals are to help us develop methods for earlier diagnosis, create more effective treatments and improve outcomes for children and families with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disorders.

Signing up for the registry does not mean you are signing up for any specific study. It allows us to contact you when your child is eligible to participate in a study. You are under no obligation to join the study. Studies may involve completing phone calls, questionnaires and in-person visits at Boston Children’s. Families who participate in our studies may receive payment for participating.

Some current autism spectrum disorder studies include:

  • The Autism Biomarkers Consortium for Clinical Trials (ABC-CT) is a multicenter research study based at Boston Children’s/Harvard Medical School, Yale, Duke, the University of Washington and UCLA. We are seeking to establish a set of neurological and behavioral measures that will measure and predict how children with ASD will respond to treatment. This is critical to best measure the effects of new interventions being developed for ASD. We hope this project will provide us with new tools that will assist in the evaluation of autism treatments and interventions in the future.
  • The Infant Screening Project is a collaboration with Boston University and the Pediatrics Physician’s Organization of Boston Children’s. The Infant Screening Project aims to map early development and identify infants at risk for developing an autism spectrum disorder. By screening early and learning more about neural and behavioral functioning, we aim to improve techniques for early identification and intervention.

Sign up today by filling out the form below.

Questions? Contact us at brainworks@childrens.harvard.edu