Over the years, Kennedy Krieger’s scientists and researchers have made crucial medical discoveries that have led to innovative treatments and improved patient care for individuals with disorders of the brain, spinal cord and musculoskeletal system.

To learn more about research studies currently recruiting participants, click on the categories below:

ADHD Studies

Longitudinal ADHD Research Study for Adolescents Ages 12-17 years old

This study is currently recruiting

Study Name: Adolescent Changes in Brain and Behavior in Boys and Girls with ADHD

Description:  This research study is being done to learn more about response control and anatomical brain differences in adolescents, between the ages of 12 and 17 years old, with and without ADHD. This research study will help to evaluate brain development and functional outcomes over the course of childhood and adolescence. The study takes place over two days, from about 8:45am – 3:45pm, with an hour break for lunch. The testing is completed at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore City, 716 North Broadway, 3rd Floor. During the first visit, participants will receive an IQ test, participate in a semi-structured interview, and complete computer games. During the second visit, participants will complete motor testing, a 60-minute MRI scan, and a 90-minute electroencephalogram (EEG). Parents will complete a 1-2-hour semi-structured interview. No radiation or dyes are used, only magnets. For their participation, children will receive a check for $50.00 per day of study participation; they will also receive a picture of their brain if they are able to complete the MRI scan. Parents will receive an evaluation report on the IQ and achievement test results of their child. There is no charge to participate in the study.

Eligibility & Criteria

IRB #: IRB00064633  

Principal Investigator: Stewart Mostofsky

Eligible Age Range:  12 - 17 years

Gender: All

Diagnosis:  Are typically developing OR have ADHD. Children with a history of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), traumatic brain injury, and/or developmental delays may not be eligible to participate.

Contact Information:  Alyssa DeRonda, deronda@kennedykrieger.org, 443-923-9258

Study Keywords:  ADHD

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Understanding Motor Movement in Children With and Without ADHD

This study is currently recruiting

Study Name: Anomalous Motor System Physiology in ADHD: Biomarker Validation and Modeling Domains of Function

Description: Diagnosing Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) largely relies on subjective rating scales that neglect physiological differences between children with and without ADHD. The goal of this study is to identify and validate brain-based physiological biomarkers that can be used like measurements of ADHD and help improve treatment.

This study requires 2 or 3 full day visits, from about 8:45am-3:45pm, to the Kennedy Krieger Institute, 716 North Broadway, Baltimore, MD. During the research visit, participants will complete an IQ assessment, motor assessments, computer games, and two 2-hour transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) sessions. Participants with ADHD will also receive either a placebo or methylphenidate before one of the TMS sessions.

Participants will receive a check 4-6 weeks after their last research visit in the amount of $50 per day. Parents will receive an evaluation summary of their child's performance on the IQ assessment. This is no cost for participating in the study.

Eligibility & Criteria

IRB #: IRB00251063

Principal Investigator: Stewart Mostofsky

Eligible Age Range:  8 - 12 years

Gender: All

Diagnosis:  Children between the ages of 8-12 years old are eligible to participate. Children with and without an ADHD diagnoses are eligible. Children with a history of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), traumatic brain injury, and/or developmental delays may not be eligible to participate.

Contact Information:  Alyssa DeRonda, deronda@kennedykrieger.org, 443-923-9258

Study Keywords:  ADHD, typically developing

 

Autism Studies

Identifying Biomarkers for Autism – A Research Study for Children Ages 8-12 years old

This study is currently recruiting

Study Name: Measuring Altered Glutathione in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Description: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is characterized by difficulties in social communication and repetitive behaviors. Recent research suggests that oxidative stress from both genetic and environmental causes may be a contributing factor in the developmental brain differences observed between children with and without ASD. Glutathione (GSH) is the main compound in the brain that decreases oxidative stress. The goal of this research study is to investigate whether children with ASD have lower levels of GSH using neuroimaging (MRI scan) techniques and blood samples, and whether levels of GSH are associated with ASD symptoms. This study requires a full day visit, about 8:45am-3:45pm, to the Kennedy Krieger Institute, East Baltimore Campus, 716 North Broadway, 3rd Floor. During the research visit, participants will complete an IQ assessment, a diagnostic assessment (participants with ASD only), motor assessments, a 30-minute practice MRI scan, a 60-minute MRI scan, and a blood draw. Participants will receive a check 4-6 weeks after their research visit in the amount of $50, and a picture of their brain from the MRI scan. Parents will receive an evaluation summary of their child's performance on the IQ assessment. This is no cost for participating in the study.

Children between the ages of 8-12 years old, with and without ASD may be eligible to participate. Children with a history of fragile X syndrome, Tuberous Sclerosis, PKU, congenital rubella, traumatic brain injury, major depression, bipolar disorder, and/or conduct disorder may not be eligible to participate. Parents will need to complete a 10-minute telephone screening and 1-2-hour diagnostic interview over the phone to determine if their child is eligible for scheduling. Additionally, participants with ASD will need to meet research criteria for ASD on the diagnostic assessment administered in the morning of the research visit in order to be eligible to proceed.

Eligibility & Criteria

IRB #: IRB00257654

Principal Investigator: Richard Edden

Eligible Age Range:  8 - 12 years

Gender: All

Diagnosis:  Are typically developing OR have a diagnosis of ASD.  

Contact Information: Natalie Alessi, Alessi@kennedykrieger.org, 443-923-9254

Study Keywords:  autism, ASD, typically developing

 

Understanding Sensory Differences in Children with and Without Autism Ages 8-12 Years Old

This study is currently recruiting

Study Name: Dysfunction of Sensory Inhibition in Autism

Description: We have an opportunity for children ages 8-12 to participate in brain research on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. We are investigating differences in sensory processing and the brain’s structure and function in children with and without ASD. This process includes eligibility screening via parent phone interview, computer games, paper & pencil tasks, and a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan of the brain. You will receive a free IQ assessment and a picture of your child’s brain.

Participants will receive a check 4-6 weeks after their research visit in the amount of $50, and a picture of their brain from the MRI scan. Parents will receive an evaluation summary of their child's performance on the IQ assessment. This is no cost for participating in the study.

Eligibility & Criteria

IRB #: NA_00088856

Principal Investigator: Richard Edden

Eligible Age Range:  8 - 12 years

Gender: All

Diagnosis:  Children between the ages of 8-12 years old are eligible to participate. Children with and without an ASD diagnoses are eligible.

Contact Information:  Contact: Natalie Alessi, Alessi@kennedykrieger.org, 443-923-9254

Study Keywords:  autism, ASD, typically developing

 

Developing New Diagnostic Tools for Autism

This study is currently recruiting

Study Name:  Computerized Assessment of Motor Imitation (CAMI): Advancing the Validity, Scalability and Neurophysiology of a Promising Phenotypic Biomarker for Autism Spectrum Disorder

Description: This research study investigates a new method of identifying biomarkers of Autism known as the Computerized Assessment of Motor Imitation (CAMI). The CAMI method uses 2D and 3D motion-capture cameras to identify and quantify motor imitation deficits. We are recruiting girls and boys with and without Autism. This process includes an eligibility screening over the phone, a diagnostic interview, computer games, paper & pencil tasks, and a dance imitation game using 2D and 3D motion-capture cameras. The study requires two half-day visits to the East Baltimore campus. For your participation, you will receive $25 per visit.

Eligibility & Criteria

IRB #: IRB00269589

Principal Investigator: Stewart Mostofsky

Eligible Age Range: 6 - 12 years

Gender: All

Diagnosis:  Children between the ages of 6 -12 years old are eligible to participate. Children with and without an ASD diagnoses are eligible.

Contact Information:  Contact: Natalie Alessi, Alessi@kennedykrieger.org, 443-923-9254

Study Keywords:  autism, ASD, typically developing

 

Developing New Diagnostic Tools for Autism – Research Opportunity for Adults With and Without Autism Ages 18-40 Years Old

This study is currently recruiting

Study Name:  Computerized Assessment of Motor Imitation (CAMI): Advancing the Validity, Scalability and Neurophysiology of a Promising Phenotypic Biomarker for Autism Spectrum Disorder

Description: This research study investigates a new method of identifying biomarkers of Autism known as the Computerized Assessment of Motor Imitation (CAMI). The CAMI method uses 2D and 3D motion-capture cameras to identify and quantify motor imitation deficits. We are recruiting girls and boys with and without Autism. This process includes an eligibility screening over the phone, a diagnostic interview, computer games, paper & pencil tasks, and a dance imitation game using 2D and 3D motion-capture cameras. The study requires two half-day visits to the East Baltimore campus. For your participation, you will receive $25 per visit.

Eligibility & Criteria

IRB #: IRB00269589

Principal Investigator: Keri Rosch

Eligible Age Range: 18 - 40 years

Gender: All

Diagnosis:  Adults with and without an ASD diagnoses are eligible.

Contact Information:  Contact: Natalie Alessi, Alessi@kennedykrieger.org, 443-923-9254

 

Participate in Brain Research on High Functioning Autism

Attention: Parents of children Ages 8 - 12

This study is now recruiting

Description: We are recruiting children to participate in a research study to learn if there are differences between the brain’s connections in children with and without autism spectrum disorders (ASDs)

WHO: Girls and boys with ASDs and children who do not have ASDs to participate as “comparison subjects”

WHAT: Eligibility screening via parent phone interview, questionnaires completed by parent and school teachers, 2 days of computer games, paper & pencil tasks and an Electroencephalogram (EEG) test, IQ testing and report. Will require about 1 ½ days or 12 hours to complete all activities.

WHERE: Kennedy Krieger Institute

BENEFIT: There is no significant risk or direct medical benefit for participating in this study.

COMPENSATION: $25.00 gift certificate

Eligibility & Criteria

IRB# IRB00146732

Principal Investigator: Joshua Ewen, MD

Eligible Age Range: 8 – 12 years

Gender: All

Diagnosis: Autism, Typically developing children

Contact Information: Michael Levine at 443-923-4137 or email CNIR@KennedyKrieger.org

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Social Communication Intervention for Toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorder

This study is currently recruiting

Study Name: Do you have a child 18 to 33 months old with autism spectrum disorder?

Description: Researchers at Kennedy Krieger Institute are studying whether there are differences between in-person and virtually delivered social communication intervention for toddlers with autism spectrum disorder.

This study includes: 

  • Questionnaires about your child and you
  • Developmental assessments
  • Random assignment to either virtual or in-person intervention sessions
  • No significant risks associated with participation

If eligible, families will receive:

  • Intervention for 12 weeks
  • Information about your child's development
  • $50 after study completion
Eligibility & Criteria

IRB# 00279093

Principal Investigator: Dr. Rebecca Landa

Co-Investigator: Dr. Rachel Reetzke

Sponsor: Department of Defense

Gender: All

Age: 18 to 33 months

Diagnosis: Autism Spectrum Disorder

Contact information: (877) 850-3372 | Reach@KennedyKrieger.org

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The Early Assessment of Language Markers in Infant Siblings Study

This study is currently recruiting.

Study Name: Do you have a baby under 6 months old?

Description: Researchers at Kennedy Krieger Institute are studying how infants learn language early in life. By learning more about your child's development, we hope to improve ways to identify children who may benefit most from early intervention.

This study includes: 

  • Developmental Assessment s
  • Hearing screening
  • Non-invasive EEG
  • Questionnaires about you and your child

...when your baby is 6 and 12 months

If eligible, families will receive:

  • $45 after completed assessments
  • Developmental feedback
  • Referral for a formal clinical evaluation if concerns are identified during research assessments
Eligibility & Criteria

IRB#NA_00038069

Principal Investigators: Dr. Rebecca LandaDr. Rachel Reetzke

Sponsor: Brain and Behavior Research Foundation

Gender: All

Age: under 6 months

Diagnosis: N/A

Contact information: (877) 850-3372 | Reach@KennedyKrieger.org

Study keywords: Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Caregivers

To explore how individual members of the family are affected by caregiver burden when providing care for a child with special needs.

This study is currently recruiting

Description: The outcome of this study would provide targeted counseling approaches and respite for family members of children with special needs based on identified areas of burden.

Eligibility & Criteria

JHU IRB #00284523

Principal Investigator: Dr. Tamar Rodney

Eligible Age Range:  Adults over 18yrs old who have a family member (child under 18yrs) with special needs. Individuals who are able to independently consent to participation.

Gender: All

Contact Information: Dr. Tamar Rodney, TRodney1@JH.EDU 410-955-3961

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Cerebral Palsy

Research Opportunity for Children and Adults with Cerebral Palsy and/or Caregivers

This study is currently recruiting

Study name: Children and adults with cerebral palsy (CP) and/or their caregivers are needed to participate in a research study.

Description: This research is being done to find risk factors for chronic pain in people with cerebral palsy (CP).  We are also looking at the effects of pain on function, independence and quality of life in people with CP. People will be asked to complete online questionnaires at your convenience.

Participants will be emailed links to online questionnaires that will take 30 – 60 minutes to complete. The questions will be about medical diagnoses, quality of life and other factors that might influence pain.  Participants will receive $10 for completing all questionnaires.

Eligibility & Criteria

RPN: #IRB 00181801

Principal Investigator: Eric Chin, MD

Eligible Age Range:  Ages 8 and up

Contact Information: CPpainStudy@KennedyKrieger.org

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Concussion Studies

Join the BRAINY Research Study:  Help us learn more about recovery from concussion.

This study is currently recruiting

Description: We are recruiting children with a concussion and children who have never had a concussion, as uninjured comparisons, to participate in a research study to learn about recovery from a concussion.

WHAT: Online: Child will complete thinking tests and a motor task. Parent will complete questionnaires sent via email link. Online visits last 1-2 hours.

In-person: Child will complete thinking and motor tasks and will have Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI – no radiation) scans. Parent will complete questionnaires via iPad. In-person visits last 3-5 hours.

For concussed participants, the first visit will occur soon after the child has recovered from concussion. For all participants, the second and third visits will be 3 and 12 months after the first visit and each visit can be online or in-person. Monthly surveys will be completed between visits.

WHERE: Online: Zoom.

In-person: Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore, MD.

BENEFIT: There are no significant risks or direct medical benefits for participating in this study. COMPENSATION: $75.00 gift card for each in-person visit. $50.00 gift card for each online visit. $10.00 gift card for each MRI completed (in-person visits only). $5.00 gift cards for completion of monthly questionnaires.

Eligibility & Criteria

IRB #: IRB00145695

Principal Investigator: Stacy Suskauer, MD

Eligible Age Range: 10-17 years old who recently had a concussion and 11-17 years old who have NEVER had a concussion.

Gender: All

Diagnosis:  Children who have never had a concussion and those that have recently had a concussion.

Contact: BRAINY Rearch Team at 443-923-7987 or brainy_research-study@KennedyKrieger.org

Keywords – concussion, non-concussion

View study flyer here

 

Learning Disorder Studies

Computerized Reading Intervention Research Study

This study is currently recruiting

Study Name: The Role of Executive Functions in Reading and Reading Remediation

Description: We are recruiting children who are 8-12 years old with and without a reading disability to examine the effects of a computerized reading remediation program.

Participation will include 4.5 hours of cognitive testing (3 hours of remote virtual testing, 1.5 hours of in-person testing) and a 1-hr magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan of your child’s brain. Once this initial testing is complete, participants will complete either a reading or mathematics on-line intervention program. The intervention program requires 20-30 minutes of training three (3) times a week over an 8-week period.  Once the training program is complete, participants will repeat another 4.5 hours of cognitive testing and a 1-hr MRI scan to examine changes in cognitive performance and brain activity. Participants who complete the mathematics program will have the opportunity to complete the reading intervention program at the end of their study participation. Participants will be compensations for their participation in this study.

Eligibility & Criteria

IRB # IRB00207805

Principal Investigator: Keri Rosch

Co-Principal Investigator: Horowitz-Kraus Tzipi

Eligible Age Range:  8 – 12 years

Gender: All

Diagnosis:  Are typically developing OR have a history of language or learning difficulties

Contact Information: Jenny Fotang, Fotang@kennedykrieger.org, 443-923-9263

Study Keywords:  Reading study, dyslexia

 

Sickle Cell Disease Studies

Recruiting children with sickle cell disease under 5 years of age.

This study is actively recruiting

Description: Researchers at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Johns Hopkins Hospital are looking for volunteers to participate in a research study on neurodevelopment in young children with sickle cell disease.

To participate in the study, your child must:

  • Be under 5 years of age
  • Have a diagnosis of sickle cell disease
  • Be willing to have a neurodevelopmental evaluation.

This study involves 3 study visits involving:

  • History and neurological examination
  • Neuropsychological testing
  • MRI of the brain
  • Blood sample completed at one of the visits above

After the 3 visits above, this study may require annual visits until age 5, including neurological exam and blood sample collection. At their final visit at age 5, this study will require neurological examination, neuropsychological testing, MRI of the brain, and blood sample collection.  Participations will receive compensation .

Eligibility & Criteria

IRB # : :IRB00096434

Principal Investigator: Eboni Lance, MD, PhD

Eligible Age Range: under age 5

Gender: All

Diagnosis:  Sickle Cell

Contact:  Eboni Lance at 443-248-6714 or email SickleCell@KennedyKrieger.org

Keywords: Sickle Cell

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Are you interested in a study on hearing loss and dizziness?

This study is actively recruiting

Description: Researchers at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Johns Hopkins Hospital are looking for volunteers to participate in a research study on hearing loss and dizziness.

To participate in the study, you must:

  • Be between the ages of 18 to 80 years
  • May or may not have a diagnosis of sickle cell disease

This study involves:

  • Short survey
  • Neurological examination
  • Hearing and dizziness testing

Compensation provided.

Eligibility & Criteria

IRB # IRB00222251

Principal Investigator: Eboni Lance, MD, PhD

Eligible Age Range: 18 – 80 years

Gender: All

Diagnosis:  Sickle Cell

Contact:  Eboni Lance at 443-248-6714 or email SickleCell@KennedyKrieger.org

Click here to view study flyer

 

Schizophrenia Studies

Are You/Your Child Still Struggling with Schizophrenia?

This study is actively recruiting.

Description: Join a Clinical Research Study. For adolescents 12 to 16 years old diagnosed with schizophrenia

Seven visits conveniently scheduled at Kennedy Krieger Institute over 10 weeks

Each visit lasts from 2 to 3 hours

There is compensation for time and travel for each visit

The purpose of the study is to determine if study drug Na-Ben (sodium benzoate), added on to existing treatment, is safe and effective.

Eligibility & Criteria

IRB # 00030540

Principal Investigator: Robert Findling, MD, MBS

Study Sponsor: SyneuRX International (Taiwan) Corp.

Eligible Age Range:12 – 16 years  

Gender: All

Diagnosis:  Schizophrenia

Contact:  To learn more, call the Clinical Trials Unit: Kennedy Krieger Institute—(443) 923-3850

Email: ResearchTrials@kennedykrieger.org

Keyword:  schizophrenia

Click here to view study flyer.

 

Social Communication Studies

Online Research Opportunity ages 12 – 36 months

Description: Child development researchers at Kennedy Krieger Institute are studying a new social communication screening tool for children ages 12-36 months.

What is involved?

  • Brief online questionnaire about your family (15 minutes)
  • Online developmental screeners (approximately one hour)
  • Telehealth developmental assessment with you and your child, and feedback with a developmental specialist.

Eligibility & Criteria

IRB # : : : NA_00066880

Principal Investigator: Dr. Rebecca Landa

Eligible Age Range:12 – 36 months

Gender: All

Diagnosis:  typically developing

Contact:  For more information, please call (877)-850-3372 or email reach@kennedykrieger.org or follow: kennedykrieger.org/VGCR

Keywords: social communication

 

Stomach Studies

What is your stomach saying to your brain?

This study is currently recruiting

Description: Healthy volunteers are needed for a research study on how stomach activity and brain activity are related. Stomach activity is monitored using electrodes placed on the skin of the abdomen; brain activity is monitored using MRI.

Who: Healthy adults, age 18-49.

Where: F.M. Kirby Research Center for Functional Brain Imaging at Kennedy Krieger Institute, 707 N Broadway, Baltimore MD.

When: About one-and-a-half hours on each of two mornings (close together). Before one morning, you will be asked to fast overnight (no food after dinner).

What: You will receive $50 compensation on conclusion of second scan.

Eligibility & Criteria

IRB #: IRB00243929

Principal Investigator: James Pekar, PhD

Eligible Age Range: 18 - 49

Gender: All

Diagnosis:  Healthy adults

Contact: Email gutbrain@kennedykrieger.org

Keywords:  Healthy adults, stomach

View study flyer here

 

Tourette Syndrome Studies

Take Part in Brain Research

This study is actively recruiting

Description:  ATTENTION: PARENTS OF CHILDREN AGES 8 TO 12: We are recruiting children to participate in an MRI research study to learn if there are differences between the brain’s structure and its function in children with and without Tourette Syndrome (TS).

WHO: Children with Tourette Syndrome and typically developing children

WHAT: Two days consisting of computer games, paper & pencil tasks, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), and a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan of the brain. IQ testing and report and a picture of your child’s brain!

WHERE: Kennedy Krieger Institute

BENEFIT: There are no significant risks or direct medical

benefits for participating in this study.

COMPENSATION: $50.00 PER DAY OF STUDY PARTICIPATION

Eligibility & Criteria

NA_00090977

Principal Investigator: Stewart Mostofsky, MD

Eligible Age Range:8 - 12 years  

Gender: All

Diagnosis:  Tourette syndrome and typically developing

Contact:  Natalie Alessi, Alessi@kennedykrieger.org, 443-923-9254

Keywords:  Tourette syndrome, typically developing

Click here to view study flyer.

 

Typically Developing Children

Computerized Reading Intervention Research Study

This study is currently recruiting

Study Name: The Role of Executive Functions in Reading and Reading Remediation

Description: We are recruiting children who are 8-12 years old with and without a reading disability to examine the effects of a computerized reading remediation program.

Participation will include 4.5 hours of cognitive testing (3 hours of remote virtual testing, 1.5 hours of in-person testing) and a 1-hr magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan of your child’s brain. Once this initial testing is complete, participants will complete either a reading or mathematics on-line intervention program. The intervention program requires 20-30 minutes of training three (3) times a week over an 8-week period.  Once the training program is complete, participants will repeat another 4.5 hours of cognitive testing and a 1-hr MRI scan to examine changes in cognitive performance and brain activity. Participants who complete the mathematics program will have the opportunity to complete the reading intervention program at the end of their study participation. Participants will be compensations for their participation in this study.

Eligibility & Criteria

IRB # IRB00207805

Principal Investigator: Keri Rosch

Eligible Age Range:  8 – 12 years

Gender: All

Diagnosis:  Are typically developing OR have a history of language or learning difficulties

Contact Information: Jenny Fotang, Fotang@kennedykrieger.org, 443-923-9263

Study Keywords:  Reading study, dyslexia

 

Developing New Diagnostic Tools for Autism

This study is currently recruiting

Study Name:  Computerized Assessment of Motor Imitation (CAMI): Advancing the Validity, Scalability and Neurophysiology of a Promising Phenotypic Biomarker for Autism Spectrum Disorder

Description: This research study investigates a new method of identifying biomarkers of Autism known as the Computerized Assessment of Motor Imitation (CAMI). The CAMI method uses 2D and 3D motion-capture cameras to identify and quantify motor imitation deficits. We are recruiting girls and boys with and without Autism. This process includes an eligibility screening over the phone, a diagnostic interview, computer games, paper & pencil tasks, and a dance imitation game using 2D and 3D motion-capture cameras. The study requires two half-day visits to the East Baltimore campus. For your participation, you will receive $25 per visit.

Eligibility & Criteria

IRB #: IRB00269589

Principal Investigator: Keri Rosch

Eligible Age Range: 6 - 12 years

Gender: All

Diagnosis:  Children between the ages of 6 -12 years old are eligible to participate. Children with and without an ASD diagnoses are eligible.

Contact Information:  Contact: Natalie Alessi, Alessi@kennedykrieger.org, 443-923-9254

Study Keywords:  autism, ASD, typically developing

 

Identifying Biomarkers for Autism – A Research Study for Children Ages 8-12 years old

This study is currently recruiting

Study Name: Measuring Altered Glutathione in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Description: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is characterized by difficulties in social communication and repetitive behaviors. Recent research suggests that oxidative stress from both genetic and environmental causes may be a contributing factor in the developmental brain differences observed between children with and without ASD. Glutathione (GSH) is the main compound in the brain that decreases oxidative stress. The goal of this research study is to investigate whether children with ASD have lower levels of GSH using neuroimaging (MRI scan) techniques and blood samples, and whether levels of GSH are associated with ASD symptoms. This study requires a full day visit, about 8:45am-3:45pm, to the Kennedy Krieger Institute, East Baltimore Campus, 716 North Broadway, 3rd Floor. During the research visit, participants will complete an IQ assessment, a diagnostic assessment (participants with ASD only), motor assessments, a 30-minute practice MRI scan, a 60-minute MRI scan, and a blood draw. Participants will receive a check 4-6 weeks after their research visit in the amount of $50, and a picture of their brain from the MRI scan. Parents will receive an evaluation summary of their child's performance on the IQ assessment. This is no cost for participating in the study.

Children between the ages of 8-12 years old, with and without ASD may be eligible to participate. Children with a history of fragile X syndrome, Tuberous Sclerosis, PKU, congenital rubella, traumatic brain injury, major depression, bipolar disorder, and/or conduct disorder may not be eligible to participate. Parents will need to complete a 10-minute telephone screening and 1-2-hour diagnostic interview over the phone to determine if their child is eligible for scheduling. Additionally, participants with ASD will need to meet research criteria for ASD on the diagnostic assessment administered in the morning of the research visit in order to be eligible to proceed.

Eligibility & Criteria

IRB #: IRB00257654

Principal Investigator: Keri Rosch

Eligible Age Range:  8 - 12 years

Gender: All

Diagnosis:  Are typically developing OR have a diagnosis of ASD.  

Contact Information: Natalie Alessi, Alessi@kennedykrieger.org, 443-923-9254

Study Keywords:  autism, ASD, typically developing

 

Longitudinal ADHD Research Study for Adolescents Ages 12-17 years old

This study is currently recruiting

Study Name: Adolescent Changes in Brain and Behavior in Boys and Girls with ADHD

Description:  This research study is being done to learn more about response control and anatomical brain differences in adolescents, between the ages of 12 and 17 years old, with and without ADHD. This research study will help to evaluate brain development and functional outcomes over the course of childhood and adolescence. The study takes place over two days, from about 8:45am – 3:45pm, with an hour break for lunch. The testing is completed at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore City, 716 North Broadway, 3rd Floor. During the first visit, participants will receive an IQ test, participate in a semi-structured interview, and complete computer games. During the second visit, participants will complete motor testing, a 60-minute MRI scan, and a 90-minute electroencephalogram (EEG). Parents will complete a 1-2-hour semi-structured interview. No radiation or dyes are used, only magnets. For their participation, children will receive a check for $50.00 per day of study participation; they will also receive a picture of their brain if they are able to complete the MRI scan. Parents will receive an evaluation report on the IQ and achievement test results of their child. There is no charge to participate in the study.

Eligibility & Criteria

IRB #: IRB00064633  

Principal Investigator: Keri Rosch

Eligible Age Range:  12 - 17 years

Gender: All

Diagnosis:  Are typically developing OR have ADHD. Children with a history of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), traumatic brain injury, and/or developmental delays may not be eligible to participate.

Contact Information:  Alyssa DeRonda, deronda@kennedykrieger.org, 443-923-9258

Study Keywords:  ADHD

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Motion Analysis Research Study

Description: Participation involves having small sticky markers placed on your arms and legs so a computer can detect your movement as you stand and balance, walk, and reach with your arms while sitting at our KinArm robot, and walk on a treadmill. We may also ask you to play a video game in the lab, or at home. In addition, we might quickly test your senses and reflexes. We might also ask you to lie down in an MRI machine so we can take pictures of your brain while you look at pictures, move your arm, or squeeze a device for us. There are no medical benefits or significant risks for you for joining this research study. The research study can take 1-5 hours (with multiple visits possible).

Eligibility & Criteria

IRB #: IRB00276939

Principal Investigator: Amy J. Bastian, PhD

Eligible Age Range: 3 – 85 years

Gender: All

Diagnosis:  Healthy individuals

Contact:  Motion Analysis Lab at 443-923-2716

Keywords: Typically developing

Click here to view study flyer

 

Online Research Opportunity ages 12 – 36 months

Description: Child development researchers at Kennedy Krieger Institute are studying a new social communication screening tool for children ages 12-36 months.

What is involved?

  • Brief online questionnaire about your family (15 minutes)
  • Online developmental screeners (approximately one hour)
  • Telehealth developmental assessment with you and your child, and feedback with a developmental specialist.

Eligibility & Criteria

IRB # : : : NA_00066880

Principal Investigator: Dr. Rebecca Landa

Eligible Age Range:12 – 36 months

Gender: All

Diagnosis:  typically developing

Contact:  For more information, please call (877)-850-3372 or email reach@kennedykrieger.org or follow: kennedykrieger.org/VGCR

Keywords: social communication

 

Participate in Brain Research on High Functioning Autism

Attention: Parents of children Ages 8 - 12

This study is now recruiting

Description: We are recruiting children to participate in a research study to learn if there are differences between the brain’s connections in children with and without autism spectrum disorders (ASDs)

WHO: Girls and boys with ASDs and children who do not have ASDs to participate as “comparison subjects”

WHAT: Eligibility screening via parent phone interview, questionnaires completed by parent and school teachers, 2 days of computer games, paper & pencil tasks and an Electroencephalogram (EEG) test, IQ testing and report. Will require about 1 ½ days or 12 hours to complete all activities.

WHERE: Kennedy Krieger Institute

BENEFIT: There is no significant risk or direct medical benefit for participating in this study.

COMPENSATION: $25.00 gift certificate

Eligibility & Criteria

IRB# IRB00146732

Principal Investigator: Joshua Ewen, MD

Eligible Age Range: 8 – 12 years

Gender: All

Diagnosis: Autism, Typically developing children

Contact Information: Michael Levine at 443-923-4137 or email CNIR@KennedyKrieger.org

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Research Opportunity for Healthy Children or Adults

This study is currently recruiting

Study Name:  Healthy children or adults without neurologic or developmental diagnoses and/or caregivers

Description: This research is being done to find risk factors for chronic pain in people with cerebral palsy (CP).  We are also looking at the effects of pain on function, independence and quality of life in people with CP. People will be asked to complete online questionnaires at your convenience.

Participants will be emailed links to online questionnaires that will take 30 – 60 minutes to complete. The questions will be about medical diagnoses, quality of life and other factors that might influence pain.  Participants will receive $10 for completing all questionnaires.

Eligibility & Criteria

RPN: #IRB 00181801

Principal Investigator: Eric Chin, MD

Eligible Age Range: Ages 8 and up

Contact Information: CPpainStudy@KennedyKrieger.org

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Take Part in Brain Research

This study is actively recruiting

Description:  ATTENTION: PARENTS OF CHILDREN AGES 8 TO 12: We are recruiting children to participate in an MRI research study to learn if there are differences between the brain’s structure and its function in children with and without Tourette Syndrome (TS).

WHO: Children with Tourette Syndrome and typically developing children

WHAT: Two days consisting of computer games, paper & pencil tasks, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), and a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan of the brain. IQ testing and report and a picture of your child’s brain!

WHERE: Kennedy Krieger Institute

BENEFIT: There are no significant risks or direct medical

benefits for participating in this study.

COMPENSATION: $50.00 PER DAY OF STUDY PARTICIPATION

Eligibility & Criteria

NA_00090977

Principal Investigator: Stewart Mostofsky, MD

Eligible Age Range:8 - 12 years  

Gender: All

Diagnosis:  Tourette syndrome and typically developing

Contact:  Natalie Alessi, Alessi@kennedykrieger.org, 443-923-9254

Keywords:  Tourette syndrome, typically developing

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Understanding Sensory Differences in Children with and Without Autism Ages 8-12 Years Old

This study is currently recruiting

Study Name: Dysfunction of Sensory Inhibition in Autism

Description: We have an opportunity for children ages 8-12 to participate in brain research on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. We are investigating differences in sensory processing and the brain’s structure and function in children with and without ASD. This process includes eligibility screening via parent phone interview, computer games, paper & pencil tasks, and a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan of the brain. You will receive a free IQ assessment and a picture of your child’s brain.

Participants will receive a check 4-6 weeks after their research visit in the amount of $50, and a picture of their brain from the MRI scan. Parents will receive an evaluation summary of their child's performance on the IQ assessment. This is no cost for participating in the study.

Eligibility & Criteria

IRB #: NA_00088856

Principal Investigator: Keri Rosch

Eligible Age Range:  8 - 12 years

Gender: All

Diagnosis:  Children between the ages of 8-12 years old are eligible to participate. Children with and without an ASD diagnoses are eligible.

Contact Information:  Contact: Natalie Alessi, Alessi@kennedykrieger.org, 443-923-9254

Study Keywords:  autism, ASD, typically developing