Besides the $50 gift card, autism participants and their families will also receive updates on groundbreaking autism research and information on local autism experts and resources.
The SPARK study is available to individuals of all ages, backgrounds, races, geographic locations and socioeconomic situations. With the genetic data, researchers will be able to look for relevant biological mechanisms of autism and how genetic and environmental factors interact to result in autism spectrum disorder.
Autism is known to have a strong genetic component. To date, approximately 50 genes have been identified that almost certainly play a role in autism, and scientists estimate that an additional 300 or more are involved.
Here's how it works
To participate, individuals with autism and their immediate biologic family members fill out a short, online family history form. Then they are asked to provide a DNA sample obtained with a simple cheek or gum swab. This can be done in a clinic setting at Rush or at home. Families who choose to do the test at home will receive a free saliva collection kit and when they finish the swab sample, they can mail it postage-free to a lab for analysis.
To participate in SPARK or for more information, visit www.SPARKforAutism.org/rush, or call Katy Heerwagen at the Autism Assessment, Research, Treatment and Services Center (AARTS) at Rush at (312) 563-2765. The AARTS Center provides unparalleled expertise in diagnosis, treatment and research for individuals with autism spectrum disorder.
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SOURCE Autism program at Rush University Medical Center