Research Study Opportunities
San Diego Parent Connections Upcoming Events

Research Studies

REACH Project
The REACH Project, a study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, investigates the genetic basis of autism by examining how certain genetic variations may influence brain development and contribute to the development of an autism spectrum disorder. We are currently recruiting children between 3-17 years of age who have either received an autism diagnosis or have a suspected autism spectrum disorder, provided that both parents are also available to participate. Currently, we have recruited nearly 200 families through several departments within Rady Children’s, including Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, Neurology, Psychiatry and the Autism Discovery Institute! If interested, please contact Tim Pang at 858-576-1700, ext. 3638 or email
Brain Imaging of Neural Networks in Autism Spectrum Disorders
This project, hosted by SDSU, uses several state of the art neuroimaging techniques (e.g.  magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and magnetoencephalography (MEG), all safe and widely used in clinical practice) to examine differences in brain connectivity and organization in children who have an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis and in typically developing peers. We are currently recruiting children with high functioning autism between the ages of 5 and 18 who will tolerate being in an MRI scanner. To learn more about the study, please contact Morgan at 619-594-0176 or

Research Study for Children with Eczema

The Pediatric and Adolescent Dermatology Office at Rady Children’s is currently conducting a study for children with eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis. Qualified participants will be 3 months through 5 years of age, have moderate amount of itchy red rash, and be available for six visits over a two-month period. There is no charge for visits with the dermatology staff, and qualified participants will receive a stipend for participation. If you would like to find out more about this study please call 858-576-1700, ext. 4295 or


Interested in a Playgroup?

Looking for a great way to ensure you never miss another fantastic playgroup experience because of nap time?  Become a Playgroup Captain and you can schedule the events.  We're actively seeking moms, dads, grandparents and childcare providers to start new playgroups.  For those of you who are new members, captaining is easy!  The Parent Connection is here to help.  We share lots of great ideas for playgroups and activities.  You'll soon have new friends and playmates to share friendship , support and fun.  Please email for more information.

Advertise for FREE!

Parent Connection is offering free 1/4 ad in the quarterly magazine if your business can offer a 50% discount to Parent Connection members.  We are also offering for only $100 a chance to have your business listed in the business director PLUS a logo in one of the enewsletters (along with a link to your website).  If you are interested, contact for more information.  Guidlines for advertising must be met.  Details will be emailed to you.

Parent Connection Family Swap Meet

Sunday, June 28 * 8:00am – 12:00pm
Canyon Crest Academy
5951 E Village Center Loop Road
San Diego 92130

Close5 is offering to pay for your space at the Family Swap Meet!  All you have to do is write a review AND list at least 3 items for sale through the Close5 app.   When you list your items state “available at this weekend’s Parent Connection Family Swap Meet.”  A Close5 rep will visit each vendor at the Swap Meet to view the review and items for sale and pay you cash for your space!  You must be a Parent Connection member to participate in this special.  To join, include a $20 check for membership.

Spaces will sell out.  You will have to pay for your space up front so mail your form and check to the Parent Connection as soon as possible.

  • Gates will open for Parent Connection members at 7:30am (membership cards required)
  • No used car seats are allowed for resale

Admission is $2/person, under 12 years old free.

Either mail or email the Seller Registration Form to:
The Parent Connection
9888 Genesee Avenue LJ36
La Jolla, CA 92037

No pre-registration is required for attendees.
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