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1. Attention Parents of Children Ages 8-12: Participate in Brain Research on High Functioning Autism

We are recruiting children, ages 8 to 12, with or without autism spectrum disorders, 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 autism spectrum disorders. There is no significant risk or direct medical benefit from participating in this study.

An eligibility screening can be done with a parent by phone. The study involves two days of computer games, paper and pencil tasks, and an MRI scan of the brain. Participants will be compensated $50 per day, as well as a free IQ test and report, and a picture of their brain.

For more information or to find out if your child is eligible, please call 443-923-9263 or visit

PI: Richard Edden, Ph.D.

2. VANILLA: A Multi-Center, Randomized, Double-Blind, 12-Week, Parallel Group, Placebo-Controlled Proof of Concept Study to Investigate the Efficacy and Safety of RO5285119 in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Kennedy Krieger Institute is looking for adult men, ages 18 to 45 years (inclusive), who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This research study is being conducted by centers across the country investigate the efficacy and safety of a study drug called RO5285119 on social behavior and communication in individuals with ASD. The research study involves taking either study drug or placebo and visits which will consist of behavior and emotional assessments and physical examinations. You may or may not receive direct medical benefits for participating in this research study. The research study will last about 18 weeks. You will not be paid for this research study.

For more information, please contact the study coordinator at 443-923-3850.

PI: Robert L. Findling, M.D., MBA