Over the years, Kennedy Krieger’s scientists and researchers have made crucial medical discoveries that have led to innovative treatments and improved patient care for individuals with disorders of the brain, spinal cord and musculoskeletal system.

To learn more about research studies currently recruiting participants, click the links below:

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Children, ages 8-12, with ADHD

Autism Spectrum and Pervasive Developmental Disorders

Children, ages 4-18 years of age

Children, 8-12 months of age, with no visual or hearing impairments

Children, 12-36 months of age

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Children ages 8-12 with and without autism spectrum disorders

Identical twin sets ages 3-30, boys or girls, either one or both with Autism


Children aged 10-17 years old who recently had a concussion, and children aged 13-17 years old who have never had a concussion

Disaster Psychiatry

Impact of the Beirut Explosion on Mental Health of Lebanese Expatriates

Down Syndrome

Ages 18-35 with Down Syndrome

Healthy Volunteers

Health volunteers ages 18-80

Learning Disorders (LD)

Children 8 -12 years old, with or without reading difficulties

Children ages 6-11 years and their parents to participate in a behavior and genetics research study

Muscular Dystrophy

Males with DMD >=4 and <8 years of age

Adults with FSHD and their first degree unaffected relative 18 years of age or older


Children aged 6-8 years with and without a history of iron deficiency

Psychiatric Disorders

CLINICAL TRIAL: Investigational Drug for Schizophrenia in Adolescents, Ages 12 to 16

Investigational Drug for Bipolar I Disorder in Children and Adolescents, Ages 10 to 17

Rett Syndrome

Females Ages 2-18 with Rett syndrome

Sickle Cell Disease

Children, age 8-12, with a diagnosis of sickle cell disease

Children, age 8-12

Children, under 5 years of age, with a diagnosis of sickle cell disease, willing to have a neurodevelopmental evaluation

Individuals age 5-80 with sickle cell disease

Slow Moving

Children between the ages of 6 to 11 years who work more slowly than their siblings or peers

Spinal Cord Injury and Paralysis

Adults age 18-80 with ASIA A-D cervical injury

Adults age 18-65 with ASIA A-D thoracic and lumbar injury

Adults, age 18-80 with ASIA A-D cervical (C4-C7) injury

SYNGAP1 Mutations

Children aged 2-16 years with SYNGAP 1 mutations and previously recorded overnight/24hr electroencephalograms (EEG) or polysomnogram studies

Tourette Syndrome (TS):

Children, aged 8-12 years with and without Tourette Syndrome