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Do you want to make a difference in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities?

Please consider participating in one of our research studies! 

Please consider participating in one of our research studies! The  Shriver Center has been a pioneer in research, education and service for individuals with IDD and their families. Together with the University of Massachusetts Medical School and other partners, our researchers investigate the causes, treatment and prevention of IDD with the goal of optimizing the functioning of individuals with disabilities and promoting healthy lifestyles. To that end, we are always looking for children and young adults—with or without disabilities—to take part in our research programs.

These studies are currently recruiting participants:

New Skills No Scores!

This study is funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and is a Sport Sampling and Nutrition Education study for teens with an intellectual disability.

Neonatal Biomarkers Study

Neonatal Biomarkers in Extremely Preterm Babies Predict Childhood Brain Disorders: The Elgan-3 Study (Extremely low gestational age newborns)

Social Cognition: Research study for Adolescents with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

A magnetic resonance imaging study to measure the concentrations of excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmitters in the brain and discover how they are related to the social deficits seen in autism spectrum disorder.

Long-term Antipsychotic Pediatric Safety trial

AACAP Pilot Wrap-Around study

This study aims to investigate inflammatory cytokines as potential biomarkers of social communication deficits and to explore the relationship of these factors to measures of stress in patients and caregivers.

Digital Helpers Study

The purpose of this study is to learn from teens and young adults on the autism spectrum, their parents/guardians and others, what an Augmented Reality-based Digital Helper should look like, sound like and what it should be able to do so it can be a helper that is useful and enjoyable for teens/young adults with ASD.