SPARK: Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge

  • SPARK is the world’s largest autism research community, with a goal of recruiting 50,000 families to participate.
  • The study is conducted online (https://sparkforautism.org/yale) and individuals and families with an autism diagnosis who live in the United States can register.
  • Participants will be asked to share information about their medical and family history, as well as to provide a saliva sample for genetic analyses to help speed up research and advance our understanding of autism.  SPARK is analyzing DNA to improve our understanding of the roles that genes play in the development of autism. 
  • SPARK will provide gift cards for saliva samples in the amount of up to $50, and will provide additional incentives for the completion of online questionnaires. 
  • Yale University under Dr. Roger Jou’s and Dr. Gupta’s supervision, is one of 25 SPARK clinical sites across the country.
  • Participants also have the opportunity to participate in other research studies through SPARK research match if you choose to share your information with the researchers.
  • Please visit https://sparkforautism.org/yale or  https://www.facebook.com/ASRConnecticut/videos/304807703908396 for more information.


Letter from Kathryn du Pree 8/19/2020
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