For Patients and Families

A child in the Translational Neuroscience Center.

Boston Children’s Hospital divisions and departments listed below are renowned for the culturally sensitive, evidence-based medical care they provide to children with nervous system disorders. The leaders of these entities are determined to accelerate the development of new therapies and other treatments for their patients, and thus are actively engaged in and strong supporters of the Translational Neuroscience Center.

SPARK for Autism Research Study, Boston Children’s Hospital

Boston Children’s Hospital would like to invite individuals of all ages diagnosed with autism as well as their family members to join SPARK!;

SPARK, sponsored by the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative, has the mission of speeding up research and advancing understanding of autism by building the nation’s largest autism study!

Registration and information can be found online at

By dramatically increasing the number of research participants, SPARK aims to help facilitate research that has not yet been possible.

Questions? Contact Gaby Aberbach — Clinical Research Coordinator at or call 617-355-8300.

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Join Our Research Participant Registry!

Within the Translational Neuroscience Center at Boston Children’s Hospital we have created a team of top doctors and researchers from cognitive neuroscience, to psychology, to genetics to help answer important questions about brain and behavior development in babies, children, and adults.

We invite you to become part of our team by signing up for our Participant Registry, which allows us to keep you in the loop about studies for which your child(ren) may be eligible.

Learn more.

Interactive Parents’ Guide to Medical Research

The Parents' Guide to Medical Research is a prize-winning, interactive website designed by Boston Children’s to help parents ask questions and gather information that will be useful in deciding whether to give permission for their child to participate in a research study. The website includes a series of video clips and textual material addressing common issues in pediatric research; a glossary of terms; frequently asked questions; and a feature that allows parents to create and print out a list of questions for the research team.

For more information, contact the co-directors of Clinical Research and Regulatory Affairs Service:

Kira A. Dies, ScM, CGC

Stephanie Jo Brewster, MS, CGC