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Participate in autism research

Many opportunities are available for individuals and families to participate in autism research. You can join a clinical trial or enroll in other types of research studies. You can contribute to a genetic and/or medical research database or even participate online by adding family information to a privacy protected database. In all these ways, your participation can make a difference in the lives of people who have autism.

Please note: Autism Speaks is not directly involved in these studies unless otherwise specified. We encourage you to consult your doctor when participating in any health-related research trial. 

Also please see Autism Speaks Participant’s Guide to Autism Drug Research.


Participation Opportunities in Autism Research
Our study listings are aimed at connecting individuals and families interested in volunteering for autism research with scientists recruiting participants. Please note that Autism Speaks is not directly involved in these studies unless otherwise specified. 
Researchers: You can apply to get your study listed on this page by completing a Participate in Research application in our Science Grants System. This will include uploading your IRB approval. Direct questions to


SPARK is an online autism study with the goal of speeding up research and advancing the understanding of autism. The study aims to recruit 50,000 people with autism and their families. It is open to anyone with a diagnosis of autism in the United States. SPARK provides summary and individual results as well as monthly webinars on related topics, presented by clinicians and researchers. Learn more at

It Takes Brains
Find out how you can advance autism research by registering as a postmortem tissue donor. It Takes Brains is the registration site for Autism BrainNet, which was created through a collaboration between Autism Speaks and the Simons Foundation.
Interactive Autism Network Interactive Autism Network
Interactive Autism Network (IAN) is an innovative online project designed to accelerate the pace of autism research by allowing parents to report information about their child's diagnosis, behavior, environment, services received, as well as progress over time.