UM-NSU CARD Research Opportunities
Treatment of Anxiety in Adolescents with High-Functioning Autism
The CAMAT Program is pleased to be collaborating with the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University of Miami, University of California, Los Angeles, and University of South Florida to evaluate the efficacy of a cognitive-behavioral treatment for adolescents with an anxiety disorder and high-functioning autism. At UM, we are currently recruiting older adolescents and young adults (ages 14-21) to a pilot study of this treatment program. For more information, please contact Dr. Greg Simpson, Project Coordinator or call 305-284-9852.
Community Research Opportunities
Molecular and Genetic Epidemiology of Autism: An Autism Genetics Study
Help researchers understand the possible genetic causes of ASD’s.
The purpose of the study is to learn more about the genetic factors that may cause a child to develop an autism spectrum disorder.
What does participation involve?
Researchers from the University of Miami will contact families by phone to complete interviews about the family’s medical and developmental history and will also come to the family’s home to obtain blood samples from family members.
Who can participate?
Families who have at least one child, age 21 or younger, who is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (autism, Asperger’s disorder, or PDD-NOS)
To learn more about this project, please contact Laura Nations at 877-686-6444 or MIHGAutism@med.miami.edu.
University of Miami IRB#: 20070193
Brain and Tissue Bank for Developmental Disorders
The ability to understand and treat childhood disorders depends, in large part, on the generous donation of tissue from patients with these diseases.
The material collected in the Brain and Tissue Bank is sent to qualified doctors working in fields such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, other chromosomal abnormalities, and brain development. This material is used to help researchers understand the causes, mechanisms & potential treatments for different disorders.
To find out more information about how you can donate, please call Dr. Lillian Rodriguez, project coordinator, at 800-59-BRAIN.
University of Miami IRB#: 1994-0032A
FIU-UM Attention Study
Researchers are seeking children with autism up to 5 years of age to participate in a study of perception and attentional shifting to social and nonsocial events.
Help us discover distinctive attentional patterns in children with autism that may help us identify earlier means of diagnosis.
The study requires two visits of 1 – 1½ hours. At FIU, children will watch interesting videos while sitting on their caregiver’s lap. At UM, children will interact with the researcher in a number of different activities.
FIU IRB#: 051900-04