What is the purpose of this study?

The Simons Simplex Collection (SSC) project is a new initiative to search for the causes of autism. Earlier research efforts studied multiplex families, or families with more than one child with autism. The current study is focused on families with just one child with autism, called simplex families, which will provide insight into the most common and unexplained form of autism. This comes at an exciting time in history, in which breakthroughs in gene mapping, advancement of high-tech tools, and the latest brain research present a unique opportunity for progress.

Who are the investigators involved in this project?

The members of the University of Washington research team involved in this project are:

Raphael Bernier, Ph.D.

Ellen Wijsman, Ph.D.

Jennifer Varley

Additionally, the project involves autism researchers at 10 other academic institutions throughout North America.

Whom should I contact to get involved?

Recruitment is closed at this time.