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Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Clinical Trials and Research

Raising a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be challenging and rewarding. To support families and patients on this journey, the autism research program at CHOC is here to bring hope through new possibilities. We specialize in cutting-edge clinical trials and studies focused on discovering innovative methods for diagnosis, treatments, therapies and interventions for children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Our dedicated team of researchers and physicians want to help kids with neurodevelopmental disorders such as ASD and their families live happier, healthier lives.

Our industry-leading autism research is part of the Thompson Autism and Neurodevelopmental Center at CHOC, which offers an array of unique programs, treatments, events, resources, education and more for families in the ASD community of Orange County. The center provides a trusted place where children with autism can reach their true potential.

Why should my child join a research study?

Research for children is needed to improve opportunities for those with ASD-related neurodevelopmental issues. CHOC works with children with ASD and other disorders to collect firsthand data that helps us to better understand these conditions. With no two cases alike, the information gained from your child’s experience can support the development of life-changing treatments and therapies for your child and potentially for families worldwide.

Current Clinical Trials for Autism, Fragile X and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders

We are regularly seeking patients to participate in our clinical trials. We regularly open new clinical trial opportunities, so please check back here for updates or subscribe to our autism newsletter.

We are currently recruiting patients for the following trials related to autism at CHOC:

We are currently recruiting patients for the following trials related to Fragile X at CHOC:

Upcoming Autism Research Programs

We will soon be recruiting for the following clinical trials:

  • Suramin for the Treatment of Autism Trial (STAT): A Randomized, Double-Blind, Crossover Trial of KZ101 in a Male Pediatric Population with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Using real-time skin conductance to predict problem behavior before it occurs in autism spectrum disorder

Please fill out the form below to learn more about the recruitment process or participate in one of our clinical research studies. One of our research specialists will reach out to you shortly.

Autism Research FAQs

ASD is part of a wide range of neurodevelopmental disorders where no two patients display the same symptoms. Recruiting children and teens with ASD into clinical research programs allows medical professionals to collect the firsthand data needed to discover the impact and effectiveness of potential new treatments and therapies. The latest research in autism spectrum disorders is crucial in supporting parents and children with autism.
Participating in a clinical study at CHOC provides your child access to the most innovative and specialized ASD care, treatment and therapy from leading physicians and researchers. Additionally, the information gained from your child’s participation will be crucial in helping more children with ASD and their families enjoy an improved future.
While every trial is different, the average length for autism research lasts for about two years. Contact the autism research team for more details about each clinical trial.

Learn more about autism research at CHOC

If you’re interested in learning more about autism research at CHOC or want more information about participating in a clinical trial, please send us a message below.