Overview

Overview

The Autism Research Program works to improve the understanding, education and treatment of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).  Researchers work with the Lerner Research Institute (link) on autism-related studies as well as related fields, like epilepsy.

The overarching goal of the autism research program is to improve understanding, education, and treatment of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

By participating in a research program, participants, with their families, can play a more active role in their own health care, gain access to new research treatments before they are widely available and help others by contributing to medical research.

A research study is conducted to try to answer a question. The question varies from study to study. The research protocol or study plan clearly states the question being asked and informs potential participants of the tests and procedures that will be conducted during the study. If you decide to enter into a research study, be sure you know what question the researcher is trying to answer.

Areas of Research

  1. Biological causes of autism spectrum disorders
  2. Assessment of core and associated autism symptoms
  3. Behavioral & medication treatment of autism spectrum disorder

Treatment studies focus on behavioral and medical interventions that can improve the lives of individuals with autism. These include projects examining existing and new behavioral treatments and medicines

Assessment studies evaluate new methods for identifying autism symptoms in infants and toddlers, older children, adolescents and adults. These studies also include evaluation of language and communication deficits in individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

As we uncover new genetic causes we hope to develop personalized genetic treatments for children, adolescents and adults with autism.

Evaluating the Validity of Remote Eye Tracking in Identifying ASD
Why are we researching remote eye tracking in identifying ASD?

  • To evaluate the diagnostic validity of eye tracking measurements acquired during viewing of socially relevant stimuli in predicting ASD diagnosis.
  • To explore the potential prognostic value of eye tracking measures in predicting outcomes.
  • To determine the reliability of the eye tracking measurements through repeat exposure to socially-relevant stimuli.

If you are interested in participating in this research project and your child is between the ages of 1 ½ and 18 years, with or without a diagnosis of ASD, please contact Eric Klingemier at klingee@ccf.org.

Lerner Research Institute

Lerner Research Institute

The Lerner Research Institute is home to all basic, translational and clinical research at Cleveland Clinic. With nearly 1,500 researchers and support personnel in 175 laboratories in 12 departments, they are one of the largest research institutes in the nation, consistently ranking in the top 10 in National Institutes of Health funding, a benchmark of research success.  Examples of other areas of research commonly of interest to families impacted by autism include:

  • Genetics
  • ADHD
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Mood Disorders
Autism Research Registration

Autism Research Registration

Thank you for your interest in Autism Research at Cleveland Clinic Children's. Please be sure to check the boxes regarding the research projects you would like more information about.

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Contact Us

For more information on current research programs and clinical trials, please contact us at autismresearch@ccf.org

Current Research Projects

Note: Eligible participants include individuals with a diagnosis of Autism with the presence of macrocephaly (head circumference >98th percentile), or a confirmed PTEN Mutation with or without a diagnosis of Autism.

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