Does someone in your family have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD)? Certainly, there are lots of Ottawa families impacted by autism. Thankfully, there is ongoing research that has the potential to benefit all ASD families. And you can be part of it.
“Please consider becoming involved in research about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) by joining the ASD-CARC Research Registry (www.AutismResearch.com),” says Melissa Hudson, BSc, the ASD-CARC Research Registry Coordinator.
The ASD-CARC Research Registry started in 2001 and is coordinated through Queen’s University in Kingston, but it supports research initiatives globally. Research Registry members are contacted periodically about various studies being conducted by ASD-CARC researchers and collaborators. You may be invited to complete online questionnaires, provide genetic samples (saliva/cheek swab by mail), participate in telephone interviews, or come to studies at research labs in your area. “We combine the data from these various studies to simplify participation (you will not be asked for the same data twice) and to enrich our data as we seek to find genes and environmental factors involved with ASDs,” Melissa explains.
If you would like more information about these research initiatives, please visit www.AutismResearch.com or call 1 866-273-2272.”