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.


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.  


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.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to Augment Behavior Therapy for Tics (CBIT + TMS)

We are conducting a study to learn whether we can improve Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT), a first-line treatment for tic disorders, by pairing it with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). TMS is a painless, well-tolerated, and noninvasive procedure that involves placing a hand-sized magnet next to the head to temporarily activate brain cells. In this study, TMS will be used to temporarily “turn down” the activity level of brain regions involved in 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