Participate in Research

Opportunities are available for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families to participate in ASD research by joining a clinical trial or enrolling in a research study. According to Autism Speaks, a leading autism science and advocacy organization, “Nearly 90 percent of children with cancer are enrolled in clinical trials—contrasted with only 5 percent of children with ASD.”

The following are opportunities to participate in research:

Project 1

Interactive Autism Network

Project Title: Interactive Autism Network

Project Intent: Interactive Autism Network (IAN) is an innovative online project designed to accelerate the pace of autism research by allowing parents to report information about their child's diagnosis, behavior, environment, services received, as well as progress over time.

Enrollment ends: Ongoing

Contact: Interactive Autism Network

Project 2


Project Title: Visuomotor Integration in Atypical Development

Project Intent: The purpose of this study is to observe individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), individuals with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), and typically developing individuals in order to understand how visuomotor integration skills differ in two populations characterized by atypical motor development. We will monitor how individuals stand, walk, and interact with an object, as well as their eye movement during several tasks in the virtual environment, with the intent of identifying a sensorimotor behavior marker that could potentially be used for earlier diagnosis of ASD and facilitate implementation of treatments for both ASD and DCD.

Enrollment Ends: Our study is running indefinitely. Enrollment is ongoing.

Contact: Gabriela Sherrod,, 817-735-2312

Project 3

Project Title: M3: Microbiome, Metabolites and the Mind

Project Intent: Our project aims to unravel the connection between bacteria in the gut and behavior. Specifically, we're studying the impact of microbiome and genome variation on ASD phenotype with a crowdsourced approach on families with at least two children, one diagnosed with autism and a neurotypical sibling within 2 years of each other. We believe that this design will allow us to overcome the limitations of the previous studies and provide a better understanding of the mechanisms involved. Review the study’s website.

Enrollment Ends: Enrollment is ongoing.

Contact: See the study website to enroll.


The Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) does not endorse opportunities to participate in research listed on this page and cannot attest to the quality of the research design, protocols, or findings. Persons interested in participating in a listed study should contact the primary researcher to access additional information and make an informed choice on the basis of that information.

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Updated: October 30, 2017