Identifying GI Biomarkers of Autism

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Research Study Description

Researchers at MassGeneral Hospital, the Lurie Center for Autism, and Harvard Medical School are looking to understand how genes, the environment, gut bacteria, and the digestion of food may relate to the development of autism.

Infants who are less than 6 months old and have an autistic full-sibling are eligible to enroll.

Participation in this study involves:
1. Online surveys about food, health, and behavior
2. Behavioral assessments (on Zoom) every 6 months from ages 1 to 3 (you will receive these results)
3. Periodic saliva, urine, stool, and blood samples (done at home/locally) until age 3
4. One time samples from one or both biological parents and from the sibling with ASD

By participating in this study your family will be contributing to research that aims to help improve the early diagnosis of autism, as well as understand the GI symptoms associated with autism.

Organization:  Massachusetts General Hospital

Contact:  [email protected]

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