Clinical Trials Office

Are You or a Loved One Diagnosed with Autism?

What is the purpose of this study?

The purpose of this research study is to establish a way to help develop targeted treatments for autism spectrum disorders. This may also help predict the early diagnosis and severity of autism.

Who can participate?

Children, teens and adults 5 to 25 years old who:

  • Are diagnosed with autism
  • Have been on a stable dose of psychotropic drugs for more than 30 days, if applicable
  • Have no plans to begin any new drug treatments during the next 8 to 12 weeks 

Ages

  • From 5 To 25  years old

Conditions

  • Autism
  • Disabilities: Developmental

What is involved?

You or your child will take part in this research study for about 8 to 12 weeks and complete 2 study visits.

During the study, you or your child will be complete some tests and procedures, including:

  • Review of medical and medication history
  • Questionnaires about you or your child’s autism symptoms
  • Interviews to confirm the diagnosis of autism and measure everyday living skills
  • Tests for genetics, IQ and eye tracking
  • Blood draws from participant and a parent, legal guardian, relative or consenting adult

A detailed list of procedures will be provided to anyone interested in knowing more about this study.

What are the benefits?

You or your child may not receive a direct medical benefit from participating in this study. However, the information learned from this study may benefit other patients with autism spectrum disorders in the future.

Will I get all the facts about the study?

If interested in participating, you, as either a participant or parent of a participant, will be given a consent form that explains all of the details of the study.  The form covers all of the procedures, risks, benefits, pay, whom to contact with questions or concerns and more.  A member of the study staff will review the consent form with you and will be sure that all of your questions are answered.

Do participants receive pay, compensation or reimbursement?

Participants may receive up to $60 (or $30 for each completed visit) for their time and travel.

Who should I contact for more information?

Lauren Mathieu-Frasier
psychautism@cchmc.org
513-636-0523
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Division of Child Psychiatry
3333 Burnet Ave., MLC 4002
Cincinnati, OH  45229-3039

Principal Investigator

Craig Erickson, MD
Division of Child Psychiatry
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center