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Largest study to investigate risk factors of autism to begin enrolling families
Date:11/14/2007

ular screening of children for autism has raised the community awareness of the importance of early diagnosis of autism in order to help children and families, said Dr. Marc Lerner, MD, FAAP, the American Academy of Pediatrics Chair of State Government Affairs for California. What is now needed is research like the SEED study to understand the reasons behind the dramatic growth in the diagnosis of autism, which will help us to address prevention and treatment.

Factors that will be studied include family medical history; genetics; and socio-demographic, lifestyle and environmental factors. Study information will be obtained by conducting interviews and exams, reviewing medical records, collecting cheek swabs, and blood and hair sampling, according to Pilar Bernal, MD, medical director of Kaiser Permanentes Regional Program for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Kaiser Permanente maintains two autism centers one in San Jose, Calif., and another in Rancho Cordova, Calif., a suburb of Sacramento.


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Contact: Danielle Cass
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Kaiser Permanente Division of Research
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