CHLA Clinical Research Studies

Having volunteers participate in research studies and clinical trials is critical to our research efforts. Thousands of children and families are involved in our patient-centered studies every year. Many of the treatments used today are based on the results of past research studies and clinical trials conducted with our patients. Our scientific and clinical experts take the best ideas from the laboratory -- to the patient -- in the form of promising new treatments.

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Study Details - ID: CHLA-19-00120
Health/Science/Disease Category:
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
Purpose of Research:
We are conducting a research study about visual problems in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We believe that many children with autism may have undiagnosed eye problems because they cannot explain when they have trouble seeing and may not undergo routine eye exams. , We hope to develop a method to screen for visual problems in using a new, non-invasive technology called eye tracking. We will use a camera to record your child’s eye movements as they watch video clips for 15-20 minutes.
Short Name:
Ophthalmologic disorders and eye tracking in children with ASD
Full Title of Study:
Ophthalmologic disorders and eye tracking in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
Phase/Type of Study:
Group1: - Subjects between ages 3-18 - Suspected or confirmed diagnoses of ASD - Not born premature - Group 2: - Subjects between ages 3-18 - No suspected or confirmed neurologic or psychiatric disorder
Time Commitment/Requirements:
Approximately 4 hours
Primary Investigator:
Dr. Melinda Chang, MD
Coordinator Contact Name:
Dilshad Contractor / Hillary Schwartz
Phone Number:
323-361-7194 / 323-361-1004
Email: /
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