How to participate in our studies: Families with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Tourette Syndrome
- Your child has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders or Tourette syndrome by a pediatrician, neurologist or geneticist.
- Your child is at least two years old.
- Family members (parents, child and, if possible, siblings) will give a skin sample.
- Optionally, blood samples may also be given.
- You will receive a small monetary token for each sample given. (Free parking is also provided.)
Participants in our study will be: male gender, minimum two years old, have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders or Tourette Syndrome (by a pediatrician, neurologist or geneticist).
Some individuals may be ineligible to participate due to genetic conditions associated with ASD and general medical conditions that would make obtaining a skin sample difficult (for example: disorders leading to increased bleeding, significant allergy to local anesthetics).
Each participant from your family will be asked to provide a small skin sample (about the size of a grain of rice). The procedure, called a skin biopsy, is done in routine medical care and is normally used for diagnosis or treatment of a disease, and will be performed by a Board-Certified physician at the hospital facility dedicated for clinical research: YCCI Inpatient Facility and Nursing Support, Hospital Research Unit (HRU). An example of the skin biopsy procedure may be viewed here: SLIDESHOW.
Individuals choosing to participate in this study will receive a small monetary token for every skin sample collected. Further, free parking will be provided if you decide to come to the Child Study Center. No further travel related expenses are covered by the research.
The health-related information we gather about you and your family in this study is highly personal. The researchers are required by law to protect fully the privacy of the information, known as protected health information (PHI).
If you have more questions about this project, please feel free to contact the researcher in charge, Dr. Flora Vaccarino (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Livia Tomasini (email@example.com) at 203-737-6430..