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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 a

Contact Information
Email: autism@tcd.ie
Phone: +353 1 8962219


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 19 years with and without feelings of sadness and irritability to take part in this study.


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


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


Insight, Memory, and Mental Health


Summary: This study will investigate the relationships between autistic characteristics, ADHD characteristics, mental health, and insight and self-awareness, as well as the genes that may be associated with these.  Participants will be asked to provide a DNA sample, and to complete several questionnaires and computerised tasks. In addition to self-awareness, these tasks will assess thinking skills including memory, learning, and responses to rewards because these abilities may also be linked with mental health in autism.

Recruitment: We are seeking participants between 18 and 30 years with a diagnosis of ASD, ADHD, or no diagnosis to take part in this study.

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


Antipsychotics and inflammation – the InflamAP Study


Summary: We are hoping to increase our knowledge about the reasons why second generation antipsychotic medications are causing significant weight gain and metabolic side effects in children.  To do this we propose to recruit children and adolescents who are commencing treatment with second generation antipsychotic medications. We will do a general physical examination including your height and weight and take blood samples to measure levels of inflammatory markers. We will then meet with you after 3 months, 6 months and one year to see if you are getting any side effects and to repeat our measurements and take more blood samples to see if there are any changes.

Recruitment: Children and adolescents (5-18 years old) who are commencing treatment with second generation antipsychotic (SGA) medications.

Contact Information:
Email: kmwhelan@tcd.ie
Phone: +353 1 8962144


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/