SPARK: Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Principal Investigator: Zachary E. Warren, Ph.D.


If you or your child has a professional diagnosis of autism, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center invites you to join SPARK, a landmark 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 largest autism study ever undertaken in the United States.

Joining SPARK is simple – register online at and provide a DNA sample via a saliva collection kit in the comfort of your own home. Anyone interested in learning more about SPARK can visit the website or contact Vanderbilt’s SPARK study coordinator, Sarah Carpenter, at (615) 875-9970.

Together, we can help spark a better future for all individuals and families affected by autism.

Participant Criteria

If you or your child has a professional diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder and you live in the United States, we invite you to join SPARK.


Individuals with autism will receive gift cards valued at up to a total of $50 for participation.

Visit Requirements

none- all data is collected at home or online.


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Contact Information

Sarah Carpenter
(615) 875-9970

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To be notified when you are a possible match for a research study looking for participants, register with Vanderbilt's ResearchMatch at the link below.

Research Match is a free and safe national website that matches research volunteers with researchers looking for participants. Registries for Autism and Intellectual Disabilities are now available on ResearchMatch. Everyone is welcome to join, regardless of age, or condition. Visit to learn more and to join today.