Neurocognitive Study in Adults with and without Autism

Purpose

This study is currently seeking individuals with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to better understand the wide range of symptoms that are present in this disorder.

Not local to Gainesville? No problem. Individuals who are eligible will be offered compensation for travel expenses. 

Compensation provided for study participation as well.

Start the online screening survey here to see if you are eligible or keep scrolling to find out more.

Interested?

First, have you been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?



Healthy volunteers

If you have not been diagnosed with autism, you may be eligible to participate in our healthy volunteer group. Healthy volunteers are important to research studies because their health information can be used as a comparison.

In this study, you will perform the same activities as individuals diagnosed with autism and your data will be compared with theirs.

Learn more about what it means to be a healthy volunteer here.

Interested? Learn more about the study procedures below.



Study procedures

Eligible individuals in both the autism and healthy volunteers group will be asked to complete the following non-invasive tests:

  • Questions about medical, developmental and family history
  • Autism diagnostic evaluation
  • Puzzles, games
  • Tests of fine motor performance
  • Tests of gross motor coordination
  • Tests of brain anatomy and function


You can participate if you...

  • Are 35 – 75 years old
  • Received a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) OR
  • Have not received a diagnosis of ASD (this is known as our healthy volunteer group)
  • The study team will review additional criteria with you and discuss potential travel compensation. 


Want to participate?

#1: First, contact the study team to make sure you are eligible. Be sure to tell them if you have been diagnosed with autism or if you are part of the healthy volunteer group.


#2: If the study team determines you are eligible, they will invite you to campus for an in-person visit. Please let the study team know if you live outside Gainesville, Florida and will need to travel to campus. 

Assessments will be administered at the Laboratory for Rehabilitation Neuroscience (LRN lab) and McKnight Brain Institute (MBI) for healthy volunteers.

Individuals with ASD will receive their assessments at the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) in addition to the LRN Lab and MBI.

The study team will provide you with directions and a parking pass.


#3: The assessments involve the following non-invasive tests:

  • Questions about medical, developmental and family history
  • Autism diagnostic evaluation
  • Puzzles, games
  • Tests of fine motor performance
  • Tests of gross motor coordination
  • Tests of brain anatomy and function
  • MRI
  • This study will last 6-8 hours total and will be split among 1-3 visits.

#4: At the end of the last visit, you will receive compensation for your time.


If you are interested in participating or have questions about the study, please call 352-294-5309 or email nbd.lab@phhp@ufl.edu.

Age

18 to 65
65 and over

Gender

Male
Female

Monetary compensation

Yes

Can be done from home

No

Keywords

Autism, Autism spectrum disorder, Autism - resources, healthy volunteers

Principal Investigator

Zheng Wang, PhD

Department

Public Health and Health Professions

Contact Information

nbd.lab@phhp.ufl.edu

(352)-294-5309


Be an Informed Participant

Before deciding to participate in a research study, take time to learn about clinical research, how it's conducted and your rights as a research participant. Following are some helpful resources from independent sources. Always remember that a clinical research study is research, not treatment.

Know Who to Contact

  • Eligibility: For questions about a specific study and who is eligible to participate, call or email the contact person listed for that study.
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