Leslie Baxter, PhD, from the Barrow Neurological Institute at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, and colleagues, are conducting the first-ever study regarding the impact of autism on the elderly.

The U.S. Department of Defense presented a large grant for the study in the fall of 2014. Experts are studying the brain activity in older autistic individuals. They are hoping to determine what medications and social services might benefit elderly patients with autism, as well as to guide decision makers understand the needs of this community.

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The study has about 15 participants and researchers are interested in enrolling more participants. Specifically, the team is looking for males between 40–65 years old who are right-handed and are willing to undergo cognitive testing and an MRI. The team is also interested in studying similar men without autism.

For more information visit TheBarrow.org.