Current Research and Opportunities to Participate

The CAN Lab is currently running several studies related to neurodevelopment and is recruiting participants of all ages. We are currently seeking participants with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Tic Disorder, OCD, ADHD, as well as those without a neurodevelopmental disorder. 

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Below is a list of our current studies. Click the links provided to learn more about each.


ASD and the Gut Microbiome

We are seeking children aged 12-36 months old for study being conducted to learn how the gut microbiome is connected to brain development and early childhood diet.


We're looking for 300 children and adolescents with 'high-functioning' ASD to join the aViation study. The study will test an investigational medicine that blocks a hormone receptor in the brain that is linked to the control of socialization, stress, anxiety, and aggression.

Cognitive Training in Autism Spectrum Disorder

The purpose of this study is to find out more about a new computer-based cognitive training program for adolescents (12-17 years) and adults (18–35 years) with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). 

Neurobehavioral Functioning in Youth (Ages 8-26)

We're learning more about brain functioning in youth with specific neurobehavioral functioning disorders in youth, including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Tic Disorders/Tourette (TD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD); and their healthy peers.  


The goal of the study is to characterize different scales to measure repetitive and restricted behaviors in different ASD sub-populations over time and also to explore the use of digital bio-markers.


We are working to advance our understanding of autism by collecting DNA and information through surveys from 50,000 people with autism and their families.


We're partnering with researchers in Computer Science to develop computer software to detect tics.

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Our lab is located on the University of Minnesota East Bank Campus at 717 Delaware St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414