For all the talk about autism research, there’s one fundamental problem that’s rarely discussed. Scientists routinely have trouble finding people with the disorder to participate in studies.

But a database at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore is changing that. The Interactive Autism Network (IAN) allows families and adults with autism to complete a questionnaire and identify themselves as willing to participate in research.

Since the database’s inception two years ago, thousands have volunteered, making it quicker and easier to get studies up and running. Already thanks to the database, scientists have been able to identify a link between autism and depression in mothers, reports NPR. To read more click here.

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