A Collaborative Program of Excellence in Autism, under the direction of Nancy J. Minshew, M.D., is currently funded by the National Institiutes of Health to search for the cognitive and neurological basis for autism. To achieve this goal, the center is recruiting individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder between the ages of 8 and 50, as well as their family members.

Participants should be free of seizure disorders and depression. Healthy controls that meet the same criteria are also being recruited. Participants may receive up to $385 for their time. There are several studies in this research program. Individuals and families may be eligible for more than one study.

HIGH FUNCTIONING INDIVIDUALS WITH AUTISM OR ASPERGER’S
(FINDING THE BASIS OF AUTISM)
This study involves comparing the results of tests done with autistic individuals and controls to identify differences in brain function. Autistic persons with an IQ greater than 80 are needed to participate in any combination of paper-pencil testing, brain imaging and eye movement tests.
MULTIPLEX FAMILIES
(RELATING GENETICS AND AUTISM)
Families with more than one child on the autism spectrum are eligible for this research project. Children should be between the ages of 8 and 50. This study involves family history and diagnostic interviews as well as a blood draw.

FAMILY STUDY
(RELATING GENETICS AND AUTISM)
Families with one child on the autism spectrum are eligible for this study. We are looking for parents and/or siblings of individuals with autism who have an IQ of less than 80 as well as those with an IQ of 80 or greater. Parents and children in this study may participate in any combination of paper-pencil testing, MRIs, eye movement tests, family history interviews.

CONTROLS
(BASELINE FOR COMPARISON)
Control participants, with an IQ greater than 80, between the ages of 8 and 50 are needed to participate in pencil-paper testing, MRIs, and eye movement tests.

If you are interested in participating, please call 412-624-0821 or visit our website at www.pitt.edu/~nminshew.