Research at the Kennedy Krieger Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)

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Date Last Revised: June 30, 2019
Date Published: March 19, 2019

After 13 years, the Interactive Autism Network (IAN) has closed. Thanks to all of the families, researchers, community members, and staff who have done so much to advance knowledge about autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The IAN Community website will be available to view through 2021, but we will not be updating the site. IAN is partnering with SPARK, and some of IAN’s staff members are working with the SPARK team, while others are moving on to other projects.

We encourage you to learn about and participate in ASD research through the following projects that offer long-term research opportunities:

United States


IAN  partnered with SPARK to build a research community of tens of thousands of individuals with autism and their families. SPARK participants are asked to share medical and genetic information with scientists and agree to be contacted about other research studies. The information participants share with SPARK researchers powers important new autism research that aims to advance the understanding of autism and provide meaningful information and resources to the community.

The entire U.S. autism community is invited to participate in SPARK.

Learn About SPARK

Outside of The United States




United Kingdom


If you do not see a research registry or project in your country in this list, we recommend that you contact a local autism advocacy organization. They may be able to direct you to research in your area.