SPARK for Autism

What is SPARK?

Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge 

SPARK is a landmark autism research project to advance understanding of autism. Maine Behavioral Healthcare is the Northern New England clinical site (SPARK North) to encourage participation in the study. Learn more.

Who can participate in SPARK?

  • Children and adults with a professional diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder
  • Biological parents and full siblings of the individual with autism spectrum disorder

How does the study work?

SPARK is collecting DNA samples from people with autism and their parents, which make up one genetic profile, or “trio”. At least 50,000 profiles will be needed nationwide to help identify genetic factors that contribute to autism. The Maine Behavioral Healthcare site is seeking to enroll 250 over the next three years. 


My Little Pony Registration Event

Join us October 21st for a SPARK registration and saliva collection event at Flagship Cinema in Auburn.
FREE admission to the showing of My Little Pony for registered attendees. 

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