Autism Program Research

Investigators at the Autism Program understand the importance of autism research and actively pursue a wide range of studies focused on autism spectrum disorder (ASD). There is frequent collaboration among researchers both within Texas Children's Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine and with other renowned centers across the country. This includes cooperation on several network studies aimed at understanding the causes and course of ASD.

Current Studies

  • Periodically, the Autism Program has studies that are actively enrolling participants. Many of these are managed by Dr. Robin Kochel and her research team. To learn more about autism research at the Autism Program and across Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital, visit Dr. Kochel's lab page and the Clinical Trials page.
  • Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge (SPARK)

If you or your child has a professional diagnosis of autism, Texas Children's Hospital Autism  Program invites you to learn more about SPARK, a new online research study sponsored by the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative. The mission of SPARK is clear: speed up research and advance understanding of autism by creating the nation’s largest autism study.

Joining SPARK is simple – register online, provide a DNA sample via a saliva collection kit in the comfort of your own home and earn up to $50 for your efforts.

Register in person at the Texas Children's Hospital Autism Program by contacting Andrea Simon | andrea.simon@bcm.edu | 832-824-3624, or visit www.SPARKforAutism.org/TexasChildrens. Together, we can help spark a better future for all individuals and families affected by autism.


Previous Studies

For Families

Families have the opportunity to enroll in the Autism Program's research database and can indicate whether they would like to be notified about new studies. If you are an existing Autism Program patient and would like to enroll in the research database, please contact Gaby Marzano by email at gmarzano@bcm.edu or by phone at 832-824-3394.

To learn more about currently enrolling studies at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital, please visit the Clinical Trials page.

For Investigators

The Autism Program provides various levels of support to investigators and encourages multidisciplinary collaboration in the study of ASD and related disorders. If you are interested in working with experts at the Autism Program to facilitate your study, please contact Dr. Robin Kochel by email at kochel@bcm.edu or by phone at 832-824-3390.