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

ll study the role that disturbed intestinal bacteria and viruses may play in autism and associated GI problems. His work will also examine gene pathways involved in inflammation. The study aims to enhance understanding of gene-environment interactions in children with autism and GI disturbances. Its additional goal is to provide a scientific basis for assessing the effectiveness of exclusion diets, antibiotics and probiotics for GI problems in autism.

Laura Klinger, Ph.D., of the University of North Carolina), will conduct a landmark 40-year follow-up study of individuals served by the TEACCH Autism Program. This represents a unique opportunity to study outcomes in older adults with ASD. The results have the potential to influence legislative and community service decisions that affect adults with ASD.

Additional awards also supporting targeted research include a three-site consortium. Jacqueline Crawley, Ph.D., of the University of California at Davis, Rich Paylor, Ph.D., of Baylor College of Medicine, and Mustafa Sahin, M.D., Ph.D., of Boston's Children's Hospital, will use rodent models of ASD to identify effective medicinal treatments of core symptoms. Researchers will assess pharmacological compounds for their ability to restore normal sociability and communication skills, reduce repetitive behaviors, lessen seizures and anxious behaviors, correct abnormal responses to stimuli and improve cognitive disabilities.

Autism Speaks will provide funding to the Interactive Autism Network (IAN) to support their core activities. IAN, directed by Paul Law, M.D., at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, assists with recruiting families and data distribution, while also educating the general public about ASD and the importance of participating in autism research.

Joseph Piven, M.D., of the University of North Carolina, and colleagues will collect brain electroencephalographic (EEG) information on infants to determine whether EEG can be used
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