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Autism Spectrum Disorders Treatment Study

Clinical Trial Title: 
Autism spectrum disorders teatment study (Autism Speaks Clinical Trials Network)
Clinical Trial Protocol ID: 
Clinical Trial Investigator Name: 
Latha Soorya, PhD
Clinical Trial Protocol Description: 

This study is evaluating the effects of the medication memantine (Namenda) on improving motor skills, memory and learning in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), ages 6 to 12 years old. Patients will receive comprehensive clinical, diagnostic and neuropsychological evaluations as part of the study assessment procedures. Following the evaluation, patients will be randomly assigned to treatment or placebo (sugar pill) and closely monitored for the six-month study period by study doctors.

Clinical Trial Eligibility Criteria: 

In order to participate you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be 6 to 12 years of age with a diagnosis or suspected diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder.
  • Speak using at least two- to three-word phrases on a daily basis.
  • Have difficulty with motor coordination (in life skills such as dressing, hand writing, bike riding) or speech production.
  • Do not have history of premature birth, epilepsy, tuberous sclerosis or cardiovascular or hematological disease.

This is a partial list of eligibility requirements. 

Clinical Trial Area: 
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Developmental Disorders
Mental Health Disorders
Contact Phone: 
(312) 942-5431
Contact Name: 
Sarah Youngkin