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Research Volunteers Needed

A Genetic Discovery in Autism

Summary: We’re looking to understand the biology behind Autism. The foundation of our bodies lies in our DNA and this is where we are going to look. How are we going to do it? We will measure your DNA, then have a look to see which parts of the DNA are related to autism. Like any genetic study, families are the best way to do this. The first step is to get in touch and we will talk the research process through with you and your family.

Recruitment: We are recruiting families with at least one family member with an Autism diagnosis.
               
Contact Information
Email: lorna.lopez@tcd.ie
Phone: 01 8962219
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Irelandarb/


Brain Imaging and Intervention Study

Summary: Do you have a teenage daughter who is experiencing mental health difficulties related to feelings of sadness and irritability (depression)? We are seeking volunteers aged 13-18  for a study of brain activity and mental health. Participants will have the opportunity to take part in an 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion program that helps young people to be kind to themselves when they are having a hard time. Participation involves attending Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience where your teen will complete some computerised assessments and take part in an MRI scan. The Mindful Self-Compassion Programme will take place on Thursdays from 7-9pm, beginning 2nd November.

PLEASE NOTE: we cannot include those who are currently taking medication (e.g., SSRI)

Participants will be compensated for travel expenses and will receive €20 and a picture (jpg) of their brain.

Contact Information
Email: immalab@tcd.ie
Phone: 085 833 4160


 

Working Memory in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Summary: We are investigating the relationship between working memory and social communication in adolescents with ASD. Participation in the study includes the opportunity to complete an intensive computerised treatment that aims to improve working memory. This is a neuroimaging study, so in addition to pen-and-paper tasks, participants will have MRI scan at the beginning and again at the end of the study. Our study runs over six weeks. Participants will earn a small fee and receive a picture of their brain.

Recruitment: Currently we are recruiting persons between 11 to 18 years of age (although we will be giving priority to individuals 14 to 18 years old) who have a diagnosis of ASD and average language and IQ.

Contact information:
Email: chouinab@tcd.ie
Phone: 085 833 4160
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AutismTCD/


Depressive Symptoms in Adolescence

Summary: The goal of this project is to learn more about the ways in which young people cope with challenges in adolescence. We would like to see how a young person’s ability to cope relates to their risk of developing depression. Participants will complete a set of assessments and questionnaires and take part in an MRI scan. The MRI scan lets us take pictures of the brain that show us both the structure of the brain and which parts are most active while a person is performing a task.

Recruitment: We are seeking female volunteers aged between 13 and 25 years with and without feelings of sadness and irritability to take part in this study.

Contact information:
Email: immalab@tcd.ie
Phone: 085 833 4160
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AutismTCD/
Website: https://immalab.wordpress.com/participate/

 


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