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Screening for Studies on Autism Spectrum Disorders

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified December 5, 2016 by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)
National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC) ( National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) ) Identifier:
First received: December 31, 2005
Last updated: April 20, 2017
Last verified: December 5, 2016

This study will screen children and adolescents (and their parents) to determine the child's eligibility for participation in NIMH research studies on autism spectrum disorders, such as autism and Rett's Disorder.

Screening evaluations include some or all of the following procedures:

Parent interview

Parent and child evaluations including:

  • Diagnostic interview
  • Developmental or cognitive testing
  • Ratings of psychiatric and medical symptoms
  • Neuropsychological testing
  • Personal, social an family history

Child physical examination and possible blood draw

Children who are determined eligible for a current NIMH research protocol are invited to participate.

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Study Type: Observational
Official Title: Screening Protocol for Studies of the Pediatrics and Developmental Neuroscience Branch

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):

Estimated Enrollment: 5000
Study Start Date: December 29, 2005
Detailed Description:
The purpose of this protocol is to allow for the careful evaluation of healthy volunteers and individuals with psychiatric disorders or neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism spectrum disorders. The evaluations will help determine if the participant meets criteria for participation in research protocols of the Pediatric and Developmental Neuroscience Branch (PDN) at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and other collaborative investigations. This protocol will be the entry point for PDN investigations. Since the entry criteria for these protocols vary, the screening evaluations will also vary. Behavioral evaluations will also be done through this protocol for individuals participating in IRB-approved protocols being conducted by collaborating scientists in NIH. The evaluations might include: a psychiatric interview; a diagnostic interview; developmental and/or cognitive testing; ratings of other psychiatric symptoms; neuropsychological testing; a medical history; a physical exam; blood; and a request for medical records. Parents of minors will be interviewed. Upon conclusion of the screening process, subjects seeking eligibility for PDN protocols will either be offered participation in a research protocol and will sign the appropriate informed consent, or will be considered not appropriate for participation in research and will be discharged from the protocol.

Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 20 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
  • Subjects must be at least 6 weeks of age.
  • Subjects or their parents must be competent to comprehend the purpose of the screening process and to provide written informed consent. Parents/guardians will sign the consent form, and both minors and adults (depending on results of capacity assessment) will be asked to assent only if it is determined that they understand their role in the study.
  • Subjects must be willing to undergo an evaluation which may include a psychiatric interview; and medical, neurological, and laboratory examinations (as appropriate, such as renal and liver function tests, serum electrolytes, urinalysis, blood levels of psychotropic drugs, pregnancy testing, and urine drug screen for the presence of psychoactive drugs and drugs of abuse, as determined on a subject-to-subject basis).


  • Presence of impairing medical or psychiatric illness
  • Lack of appropriate consent: For minor patients, consent must be obtained from all legal guardians/caretakers, including both parents in separated or divorced families where there is shared legal custody of the child. In such cases, both parents must consent to the child s participation in this protocol.
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00271622

Contact: Margaret J Pekar (301) 402-1084
Contact: Audrey E Thurm, Ph.D. (301) 496-5323

United States, Maryland
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, 9000 Rockville Pike Recruiting
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
Contact: For more information at the NIH Clinical Center contact Patient Recruitment and Public Liaison Office (PRPL)    800-411-1222 ext TTY8664111010   
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
Principal Investigator: Audrey E Thurm, Ph.D. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
  More Information

Additional Information:
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Identifier: NCT00271622     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 060065
Study First Received: December 31, 2005
Last Updated: April 20, 2017

Keywords provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):
Pervasive Developmental Disorder
Early Development
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Healthy Volunteer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Autistic Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Child Development Disorders, Pervasive
Pathologic Processes
Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on April 24, 2017