Current Research Studies

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ABC-CT The Autism Biomarkers Consortium for Clinical Trials (ABC-CT) is seeking families to participate in a study to improve diagnosis and treatment in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We are currently recruiting both typically developing children and children with a diagnosis of ASD between the ages of 6 and 11 years old.  To learn more about the study or to participate, please call us at 206-616-2889 or email our team at

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GABA The GABA study, led by Dr. Scott Murray, Associate Professor of Psychology, and Dr. Bernier use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), magnentic resonance spectroscopy (MRS), and behavioral assessments to investigate how GABA signaling in the brain may differ between adults with and without ASD and how these differences are associated with behavior.

MARCUS AUTISM CENTER INVESTIGATIONAL DEVICE Seattle Children’s Autism Center (SCAC) is leading a clinical device trial with Marcus Autism Center, part of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. We are seeking toddlers with autism or developmental concerns and typically developing toddlers, 16 to 30 months old, to take part in the study at SCAC for a three- to four-hour visit. To participate, your child will:

  • Play games that test language, learning and social skills.
  • Watch kid-friendly videos while we track eye movement.
  • Meet with a coordinator who will collect medical information like height and weight.

You will receive a written report about your child’s development and compensation for participation. Contact SCACstudies@seattlechildrens.or or call 206-987-7503 to enroll.

PANGEA  The Project Assessing New Genetic Exploration in Autism study will collect saliva samples and family background information from individuals diagnosed with ASD to identify genetic differences that may impact the development of ASD.


SFARI SPARK  The goal of the SPARK project is to collect genetic information on 50,000 individuals across the country with ASD and their families. Anyone with a diagnosis of autism can participate! Participation includes online registration, consenting to be contacted about future research studies, and the delivery of a saliva sample. These samples will be analyzed for ASD-related genetic differences. Families may choose to have their genetic testing results sent to a medical provider of their choice, should a genetic difference related to ASD be found.  If you are interested, please contact Emily Fox, the study coordinator, by email ( or by phone (207-987-7917).

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The TIGER Study In The Investigation of Genetic Exome Research (TIGER) Study we conduct a comprehensive assessment of individuals with genetic events associated with ASD, ID, and/or DD in order to better describe how different genetic events impact behavior in children and adults. Please see below for a list of genes that we are currently studying in the TIGER study. This list is not comprehensive. The field of genetics is always advancing and additional genes might be added to the list in the future. If you’re interested in participating and your child has a gene event not on this list, please feel free to contact us to check!

ADNP                ANK2                   ARID1B               CHD1               CHD2              CHD8               CTNNB1   CTTNBP2        DSCAM                DYRK1A              FOXP1             GRIN2B          KDM6B            LARP4B   MBD5               MED13L               NCKAP1             PARD3B          POGZ              PTEN                RIMS1   SCN2A             SETBP1                SETD2                STXBP1           TBL1XR1        TBR1               TCF7L2     TRIP12             WAC                      WDFY3               WDR33             ZMYND11

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Twins-2 The twins-2 study explores genetic differences among identical twins, of whom at least one twin has a diagnosis of ASD, and their parents. We are looking for identical twin pairs ages 4 and up in which at least one twin has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Participation includes delivery of saliva and blood samples, and answering questionnaires. In person visits to our lab are not required for participation!

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The ZEBRA Study In the Zeroing in on the Examination of Brain and Behavior Research in Autism (ZEBRA) Study we are using EEG/ERP and behavioral assessment to explore how genetic events impact the brain and behavior among children with ASD.