JFK Partners and Children’s Hospital is pleased to be the clinical site in Colorado for the SPARK for Autism project. The mission of SPARK - an online research partnership involving 50,000 individuals with autism and their families — is simple. We want to speed up research and advance understanding of autism.
SPARK is a landmark online research partnership that will transform the autism research landscape by building a national cohort of 50,000 individuals with autism and their families, making it the largest autism genetic research cohort in the US.
Because autism is a spectrum disorder, large numbers are critical to tease out common genetic causes and potential targets for treatments and interventions. However, participation in autism research studies to date has been low, which ultimately hinders the progress of our understanding of autism. SPARK will change that by connecting researchers to a well-characterized and large cohort of individuals and their biological families.
This first of its kind study is designed to encourage all in the autism community to participate. Registering for SPARK can be done entirely online, in the convenience of one’s home at no cost, making it more accessible to all individuals in the autism community, even if they are not close to a major research center.
SPARK is sponsored by the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI), a scientific initiative within the Simons Foundation’s suite of programs.
Cordelia Robinson Rosenberg, PhD, RN
Jeanette Cordova, PRA