A Research Study for Children Who Might Have an Autism Spectrum Disorder or Developmental Delay

The ASPIRE team is currently conducting a research study involving children (ages 1.5 - 4 years) who might have an autism spectrum disorder or developmental delay, but have not been diagnosed yet. The goal of this study is to identify a screening tool that uses gene expression patterns to help predict an autism diagnosis. There are no treatments involved in this study. Participants receive evaluations, physical exams, and parking at no cost, and will be compensated $75. Please note that all research studies involve risk to participants.

The ASPIRE team is currently conducting a research study involving children (ages 1.5 - 4 years) who might have an autism spectrum disorder or developmental delay, but have not been diagnosed yet. The goal of this study is to identify a screening tool that uses gene expression patterns to help predict an autism diagnosis. There are no treatments involved in this study.

Participation will include:
  • 1-2 visits at our clinic
  • One blood draw
  • A meeting with a doctor; the doctor will complete a physical exam and ask families about their child’s medical history
  • A comprehensive diagnostic evaluation by trained clinicians who will make a diagnosis

Participants receive evaluations, physical exams, and parking at no cost, and will be compensated $75. Please note that all research studies involve risk to participants.

For more information, please call 1-800-708-0048 or email aspire@unc.edu. You can also check out our website at http://www.med.unc.edu/psych/aspire.