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Children with Autism Needed for Research Study

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 6, 2009 - Children with autism between the ages of six and 12 years are invited to participate in a research study examining the use of an investigational medication to relieve symptoms associated with autism. The study will take place at the Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC. Autism is a developmental disorder that is characterized by impairments in communication and social interaction skills, as well as the presence of stereotyped patterns of behavior.

The study will require eight visits occurring once every two weeks at the Merck Child Outpatient Clinic, Franklin Building, 1011 Bingham St., in the South Side of Pittsburgh. There are no costs to participate in this research study. Evaluations, study visits and medication are provided free of charge. For the purpose of this study, the medication is investigational, meaning that it has not been approved for this use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

For more information about the study, call Sarah McAuliffe-Bellin, M.Ed., toll-free at 1-866-79-STUDY.

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