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Aging and Autism


This study will help us develop a better understanding of autistic adults/adults with ASD. We will explore aging and brain function amongst autistic adults/adults with ASD.


Dr. Evdokia Anagnostou, co-lead of the Autism Research Centre and senior clinician scientist
Daman Rehal, research assistant

Call to action

  Are you an autistic adult/adult with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? Consider participating in our study.

Who can participate

We are looking for adults:

  • 40 years and older
  • Have an ASD diagnosis
  • With normal or corrected-to-normal vison and hearing


We are looking for adults:

  • 40 years and older
  • No history of severe mental health disorders or developmental disorders
  • No first-degree family members with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Taking no psychotropic medications

Funding agency

Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)

What's involved

  • You will be asked to answer questionnaires, undergo cognitive assessments, and have brain scans
  • Participation involves two sessions- one initial session and another after 4 years
  • You may also provide a blood sample for genetic analysis (optional)
  • Each session will take approximately 2 days.

What are the benefits of participating?

Not enough is known about the aging process in those with ASD. By participating you will help us understand how aging happens so that we can develop better supports for autistic adults.

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


Interested in participating

If you are interested in participating in this study or have additional questions, please contact Daman Rehal at 416-425-6220 extension 3740.

Additional information

REB #: 19-858 Aging in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Changes in Brain Structure and Function

Learn more about this study