Other Studies

If you do not qualify for our CDD study and your child has a diagnosis of ASD, you may qualify for our other study – SPARK.

  • SPARK is the world’s largest autism research community, with a goal of recruiting 50,000 families to participate.
  • The study is conducted online (https://sparkforautism.org/yale) and individuals and families with an autism diagnosis who live in the United States can register.
  • Participants will be asked to share information about their medical and family history, as well as to provide a saliva sample for genetic analyses to help speed up research and advance our understanding of autism. SPARK is analyzing DNA to improve our understanding of the roles that genes play in the development of autism.
  • SPARK will provide gift cards for saliva samples in the amount of up to $50, and will provide additional incentives for the completion of online questionnaires.
  • Yale University under Dr. Roger Jou’s and Dr. Gupta’s supervision, is one of over 20 SPARK clinical sites across the country.
  • Participants also have the opportunity to participate in other research studies through SPARK research match if you choose to share your information with the researchers.

If you are interested in SPARK and want more information, you can email us at sparkforautism@yale.edu or by calling 203-785-7539.  If you would like to start the registration process, you can start online at sparkforautism.org/yale and clicking Join Us.