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Find out about many of our previous research studies and trials, and those that are ongoing but are no longer recruiting participants.

 

Australian Autism Biobank
The aim of the Australian Autism Biobank was to collect detailed information on Children with Autism in Australia and to centralize the information so that it is accessible to those who are involved in autism research.

 

Infant Communication and Engagement Study (AICES)

The aim this research programme was to test efficacy of the parent-mediated iBASIS-VIPP intervention for improving the developmental outcomes for infants aged 9 - 14 months of age showing ASD risk-behaviours, such as social and communication delays.

 

Beyond Childhood

The aim of the Beyond Childhood study was to gain an understanding of autism across the life-course.  The WA Autism Register was developed in 1999 and collected data from children with autism at the time of diagnosis. We are now seeking to make another important advance by recontacting individuals on the Autism Register who gave their contact details at the time of their child’s diagnosis. Our aim was to see how children have changed since they were diagnosed, and understand their achievements and challenges over time.

 

Studying the facial features of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

The aims of this study was to determine whether children with ASD have different facial features to typically developing children and to determine whether children with certain behaviours are more likely to have facial anomalies.

 

Frankie and Friends: A new game to improve social attention for children with ASD

The aims of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of an app-based game designed by our team and UWA to improve social information in children with ASD.

 

Fish Oil Trial

The use of fish oil supplements as part of daily dietary intake is very common among children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Some evidence suggests that omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil are important for brain development and may be of significant benefit to children with ASD.

 

Oral health and dental needs of people with autism: An online survey

This was a unique study that aims to determine the dental experience and barriers that people with autism face when seeking dental services.

 

Fluoxetine for Autistic Behaviours (FAB) trial

Fluoxetine belongs to a class of medications known as the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) which are thought to help in treating repetitive behaviours. It is therefore important for us to know that Fluoxetine is effective in treating repetitive behaviours in children with autism.

 

The TOBY trial

The TOBY trial is a multisite randomized controlled trial that looks at determining the effectiveness of the TOBY (Therapy Outcomes By You) Playpad application (app) as a complement to existing therapy and to examine the attitudes and beliefs of parents towards the TOBY app as an intervention method.

 

Pregnancy Investigation of Siblings and Mothers (PRISM) of children with autism

The PRISM study compared pregnancies in which the mother has had a previous child with autism to pregnancies in which there is no family history of autism.

 

Raine Study

The Raine Study is an ongoing health research project. From 1989 through to 1991, 2900 mothers enrolled during their pregnancy. Over the past twenty years they, and their children, have remained involved in the project.

 

Autism and Language Impairment

It has been suggested that autism and developmental language disorder may share similar causes. We sought to find out whether children with autism and children with SLI show some of the same thinking styles.

 

The effect of prenatal androgen exposure on language development: The case of Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia

This study compared the language ability of girls with and without CAH to determine whether increased exposure to prenatal testosterone may compromise language development.

Mobile phone communication and Asperger Syndrome

This study investigated the frequency and purpose of mobile phone use among adolescents with Asperger Syndrome.