We are currently recruiting for several studies for families of children with Prader-Willi Syndrome and families of children with autism spectrum disorder.  For more information about how to participate in one of the Neurodevelopment Research Lab’s studies, please contact Dr. Anastasia Dimitropoulos and her research team at neurodevelopmentresearchlab@gmail.com.

Our current research is supported by the following agencies:

  • Foundation for Prader-Willi Syndrome Research (FPWR)
  • Prader-Willi Syndrome Association (PWSA-USA)
  • The Hartwell Foundation
  • Program for Autism Education and Research

PRETEND Program

PRETEND Program

As part of this study, children of participating families will undergo tasks that measure skills relating to imagination, social communication, and emotional understanding. Recruitment for this study is currently closed, but we look forward to continuing this project in new and exciting ways. For more information, click here. Stay tuned for additional opportunities to get involved with our PRETEND Program!

KidsFirst

KidsFirst

KidsFirst is recruiting parents of individuals with autism (all ages) to enroll in a registry aimed at identifying similarities across individuals and establishing behavioral classification to better understand autism. At enrollment, parents are asked to answer a 10-minute survey which guides future requests for information, such as targeted follow up questions and possible genetic sampling. The information provided will help translate findings into targeted approaches for therapy, care and intervention. Information gathered will be strictly confidential, anonymized and encrypted in a HIPAA-compliant repository. Participation is free and all correspondence is through the registry, email and telephone. The International Center for Autism Research and Education (ICARE) at CWRU is partnered with the Hartwell Foundation and Stanford University to establish Northeast Ohio as a KidsFirst site. For more information, click here. 

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