Research Studies

This page lists ongoing research studies in the Boston area. These studies may be seeking volunteers, so if you are interested please use the contact information provided for more information.

Lurie Center for Autism Research

The Lurie Center lists their ongoing research studies (some of which are listed below) on their web page:
http://www.massgeneral.org/children/services/lurie-center/research.aspx.

Title: Targeted Pharmacological Interventions for Autism: A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study of Atomoxetine in Children and Adolescents with Autism
Dates: This study will be accepting new participants into late 2013
Description: The Massachusetts General Hospital for Children at the Lurie Center is conducting a research study for children and adolescents ages 5-15 who have autistic disorder, Asperger’s disorder, or pervasive developmental disorder, not otherwise specified and who also have symptoms such as: overactivity, impulsivity, and/or inattention. The study involves a non-stimulant medication and clinic visits at no charge. If you would like to find out more about this research study at the Lurie Center, please contact us at (781) 860-1711 orLurieCenterResearch@partners.org. Institution – MGH – Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA; Lurie Center, Lexington, MA. Principle Investigator: Christopher J McDougle, MD.

Title: Guanfacine and Methylphenidate in the Treatment of Hyperactivity in Children with Pervasive Developmental Disorder
Dates: This study will be accepting new participants into late 2013
Description: The Massachusetts General Hospital for Children at the Lurie Center is conducting a Research Study for children 5–14 years old who have Pervasive Developmental Disorders (autism, Asperger’ disorder, or PDD-NOS). If your 5-14 year old has autism, Asperger’ disorder, or PDD-NOS, he or she may qualify for a research study involving study medication and clinic visits with a child psychiatrist and qualified research staff at no charge. The purpose of this study is to find out if the medication, extended release guanfacine, is helpful for the treatment of hyperactivity and impulsiveness in children. Participation requirements and risks involved in this study will be disclosed prior to study enrollment. If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please contact us at (781) 860-1700 or LurieCenterResearch@partners.org. Institution – MGH – Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA; Lurie Center, Lexington, MA. Principle Investigator: Christopher J McDougle, MD

Title: Pervasive Developmental Disorders Research Study
Dates: This study will be accepting new participants into late 2013
Description: The Massachusetts General Hospital for Children at the Lurie Center is conducting a study designed to evaluate the effects of mirtazapine in children with Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDDs). Participants must be children between the ages of 5 and 17 with autistic disorder, Asperger’s disorder or PDD not otherwise specified, as well as difficulties with anxiety. Participants must have no significant medical illness and not have had a previous adequate trial of mirtazapine. Participants will receive study medication and all study related evaluations at no charge. For additional information about study requirements and study procedures, please contact Dr. Christopher McDougle’s study staff at 781-860-1711 or LurieCenterResearch@partners.org.

Boston University Research on Autism & Developmental Disorders Lab

Title: Measuring Autism Potential
Dates: This study will be accepting new participants into July, 2013
Description: Researchers at Boston University and Children’s Hospital Boston are investigating ways that children with limited language skills can indicate understanding or indicate choices without relying on language or traditional measures (such as pointing). Participants will look at pictures or listen to words while their brain activity is monitored with a net on their head and their eye position is monitored visually. Details are available here: http://www.autismresourcecentral.org/Assets/ARCCM/Documents/MAP_flyer_mv.pdf

Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology

Title: Research Study on Siblings and Autism
Dates: This study will be accepting new participants into January, 2013
Description:
Emily Kolovson Gaines is completing her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology in Newton, Massachusetts, and is conducting a research project on sibling relationships and autism. She is researching adolescent girls’ experiences of growing up with a younger brother diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. She is looking for female adolescents between the ages of 15-18 with a younger brother diagnosed with Autistic Disorder, Asperger’s Disorder, or Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified. Participation involves the adolescent being interviewed alone for approximately 40 minutes. Details are available in this flyer and this
Family Letter

Boston University School of Education

Title: Stakeholder Perspectives on Friendship
Dates: This study will be accepting new participants into 2013
Description:
Zachary Rossetti and Donna Lehr of the School of Education at Boston University are studying friendships for individuals with severe disabilities.
Participants will be parents/guardians, special education teachers, and general education teachers of students with severe disabilities, ages 11-19, receiving special education services in inclusive, public school settings. Participation includes filling out a short online survey that will take about 10-15 minutes to complete, and possibly giving a 30 minute interview by phone.
This letter provides information about the study and contact information for its principal investigators.

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