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ting optimally, many of the residual behaviors we see in children with autism decrease significantly."

Reynolds speaks from experience. With biomedical and behavior intervention, her son is now a well-functioning 11 year old.

"We were lucky to find what worked best for him," she said. "I have friends who have tried everything, and their children are not progressing and are still presenting with infantile behavior as they enter adolescence."

The ASDRP Integration Panel adopted as its vision statement "Improve the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorders now." To direct research toward this vision, the Integration Panel’s mission is to "promote innovative research that advances the understanding of autism spectrum disorder and leads to improved treatment outcomes."

"We need to move to a place in research where we are making discrete improvements focused on the urgency of helping our children," said Peter Bell, chair of the Integration Panel. "Our history is that doctors have told us as parents that there is not a lot we can do for our child with autism. Now we know that early diagnosis and intensive interventions, both behavioral and biomedical, can produce better outcomes. We don’t have five to ten years to wait to find out which treatments work with which kids. We need these answers now."

With a mission-driven approach, the ASDRP offer three types of funding opportunities: To encourage new research ideas and bring more investigators into the Field of Autism research. When the funding opportunities are announced next month, investigators currently engaged in autism research, and researchers and clinicians wishing to apply their knowledge to autism, are encouraged to submit proposals. In a few weeks, more details will be available through the CDMRP Web site at http://cdmrp.army.mil. Research proposals will be evaluated using a two-tiered review process with peer and progra
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Source:US Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs


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