The Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities at UNC
The Carolina Institute includes:

Research Participant Registry Core

2. SPARK for Autism National Genetics Initiative


SPARK is landmark national autism research study designed to speed up research and advance our understanding of autism and to help improve lives. SPARK aims to recruit 50,000 individuals, and when possible, their biological parents. Registration is entirely on-line and takes about 20-30 minutes. As part of your participation in SPARK, you will be asked to complete a few questionnaires online, and provide a saliva sample using a saliva collection kit that will be shipped directly to your home.

Recruiting Info:

Adults and children with a professional diagnosis of autism as well as their biological parents and siblings can join. To join the UNC cohort, use the link below. QUESTIONS? CONTACT STUDY COORDINATORS via Email: or Phone: Brenda Hauf 919-966-6796 or Catie Gray Phone 919-966-6795

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