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SPARK is a free online study with a simple mission: to speed up research and advance the understanding of autism. By building a community of tens of thousands of individuals with autism and their biological family members who provide behavioral and genetic data, SPARK will be the largest autism research study to date.

Participation in SPARK can be done entirely at home — register online here.

Find out more about what’s involved on our SPARK page.

Questions? Contact Samantha Hunter at 573-882-6479 or


The purpose of this study is to validate the ability of a remote eye gaze tracker to differentiate children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to those with developmental delays. We will also be looking at how well eye gaze correlates with autism symptom severity and language ability.

Brain Imaging Study

The purpose of the study is to develop a multimodal brain imaging platform to target precision medicine in autism and to further understand the role of neurotransmitters (GABA, dopamine, and glutamate) in brain function.  


The purpose of this study is to develop better services for people with Down syndrome (DS) to manage their health.

Clinical Trial for Social Communication

The purpose of this clinical trial is to explore the effects on social communication in adolescents and young adults 12-21 years old with autism spectrum disorder.

Prenatal Stress Study

The purpose of this study is to identify potential biomarkers for the effects of stress in pregnancy in African American/Black women.

Early Years Study

The goal of this research study is to learn about how behaviors observed in newborns relate to meeting developmental milestones during the first years of life.

RI-CART Adolescent and Youth Study (RAYS)

Brown University researchers are conducting a study examining the challenges and problems that adolescent and young adults experience over the course of adolescence and young adulthood.