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SPARKing the autism community

SPARK autism research connects patients through 21 clinics

In one of the largest data-collection initiatives in autism, the Simons Foundation is launching a new program to partner with 21 clinical research sites and collect genetic and phenotypic data on 50,000 patients with autism and their family members.

The Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge (SPARK) program, announced April 21 by the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI), is aiming to engage the patient community in helping advance research by creating a simplified process of data contribution and by providing personalized feedback to patients and families with the results of research performed using their information.

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