Saturday, March 25, 2006

Autism Phenome Project

University of California, Davis M.I.N.D. Institute has launched the nation’s largest comprehensive assessment of children with autism to detect the biological and behavioral patterns that define subtypes of the disorder. The project called, the Autism Phenome Project is a longitudinal study which will assess 1800 children; 900 with autism, 450 with developmental delay, 450 developing typically.
The evaluation will include immune system functioning, brain structures/functions, genetics, environmental exposures and blood protein analysis. David G. Amaral, research director says, “the tremendous variation leads us to believe that autism is a group of disorders rather than a single disorder.”
More detailed information can be found here.

-From aba4autism

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