Core E provides services that promote the successful recruitment and initial assessment of research
participants. Core E also provides VKC investigators with access to epidemiologically based study samples.
Specifically, Core E has the following aims:
*to provide VKC invesfigators with ready access to families and participants with different types of
disabilities by going directly to communities of interest locally and statewide, by using web-based
materials, and by leading a research participant registry focused on several disability groups;
*to offer VKC investigators easy access to novel epidemiological and longitudinal samples via State of
Tennessee linked administrafive databases on demographic and health-related variables (e.g., birth,
death, marriage, divorce, hospital discharge);
*to provide consultation and training to VKC investigators in psychological, cognitive, and behavioral
*to contribute to the accurate diagnoses of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) for the
growing number of VKC investigators who need access to this population.