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Autism Speaks awards $4.8 million for new research
Date:1/7/2013

, will develop and test a web-based education tool designed to help students with autism succeed in college. This program has the potential to help students and their parents gain the skills needed to meet the personal, social and academic challenges of the transition to college life. Ronald Oberleitner, of Behavior Imaging Solutions, is developing a web-based "telehealth" system to improve medication management for those with ASD. Using the internet, a family can securely share videos of behavior and health information from their home which will support their medical provider in assessing the effects of treatments. This project will also include a technology platform for other review tools with integrated access to personal health records. It promises particular value for families living a distance from major medical centers.

Two environmental epidemiology research projects were awarded to Kaiser Permanente and Drexel University. Lisa Croen, Ph.D., of the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, Calif., will use prenatal blood seeking to identify associations between genetic mutations of the MET receptor and autism risk factors associated with air pollution. The project will also deepen understanding of the role of the immune system in this gene-environment interaction. Craig Newschaffer, Ph.D., of Drexel University, will study the association between autism risk and prenatal exposure to flame-retardant chemicals. Dr. Newschaffer's team will use information from the Autism Speaks-supported Early Autism Risk Longitudinal Investigation (EARLI) study which follows 1200 mothers from pregnancy through the new baby's first three years of life to examine a number of environmental risk factors for autism and their potential interplay with genetic factors. Findings from this latest project will inform further studies that identify practical steps that can reduce exposure in ways that may reduce the risk for ASD.

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