Aging in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Changes in Brain Structure and Function

This study will help us develop a better understanding of autistic adults/adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Not enough is known about the aging process in those with ASD. By participating, you will help us better understand the aging process in autistic adults so that we can develop better supports for them in the future. We will explore aging and brain function amongst adults with and without an autism diagnosis.

Dr. Evdokia Anagnostou, Principal Investigator, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
Karen Joseph, Research Coordinator, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Who can participate: 
We are looking for adults:
40 years and older
Have an autism diagnosis
With normal or corrected-to-normal vision and hearing

What’s involved: 
You will be asked to answer questionnaires, undergo cognitive assessments, and have brain scans.
Participation involves two in-person sessions – one initial session and another after 3-4 years
Each session will take approximately 2 days:
Day 1 will be at Holland Bloorview Hospital, East York, ON
Day 2 will be at Sick Kids Hospital, Toronto, ON
You may also provide a blood sample for genetic analysis (optional)

Participants will receive $100 per study session as reimbursement. You can also request the results of your testing.

Interested in participating:  
If you have any questions please call or email Karen Joseph at or 416-425-6220 ext. 3740