Frequently Asked Questions

Blood Draw

Where can I go to get a blood draw?

Our study team can collect the blood sample at Penn, and this visit can be combined with a time to fill out study questionnaires, to make participation as convenient as possible.

If it is not possible for you to make it to a visit to Penn, we can send you a kit to have the blood drawn elsewhere, if there is a lab convenient to you that can do this.

Are there any alternatives to a blood draw?

If a participant is unable to tolerate a blood draw, DNA will be collected from saliva samples. Even though DNA can be isolated from saliva, the most effective way to prepare DNA is from blood. Therefore, blood samples will enable us to perform more comprehensive analyses.

Genetic Testing

Will I get a report of my genetic results?

Genetic testing is being done for research, and not clinical, purposes. If a medically actionable gene mutation is found as part of genetic testing, a participant can choose to be notified on this information. Participants will indicate if they wish to have this information communicated with them and/or their health care provider on the consent form.

What if I have previously participated in ASD or genetic research?

Occasionally, participants may be asked to release data collected as part of other research studies. This might enable participants to opt out of certain assessments that were recently administered elsewhere (for example, at the Center for Autism Research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia).