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Children's Hospital Contributes Genotype Data to Enhance Autism Research Worldwide
Date:4/7/2008

neurodevelopmental disorders."

Drawing on data from AGRE's open-access database, researchers from multiple institutions have previously published over 120 scientific papers on the genetics of autism. "These new genotypes greatly enhance the resources we can offer to the worldwide community of scientific investigators by complementing and extending the genotype data made available by other research teams," said Clara Lajonchere, Ph.D., Vice President of Clinical Programs for Autism Speaks and the Director of the AGRE Program.

The Center for Applied Genomics at Children's Hospital has been collaborating in ongoing gene discovery projects with the hospital's robust autism research program. Children's Hospital and investigators from the University of Pennsylvania recently launched a Center for Autism Research, which delves into underlying biological mechanisms in ASDs, along with brain imaging studies of language and communication impairments. That center works hand-in-hand with the hospital's long-established Regional Autism Center, which provides comprehensive, family-based care for children with ASDs. Among the Regional Autism Center's many research studies is its participation in a multicenter national project dedicated to early autism diagnosis and intervention.

About Autism Speaks: Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism, and to advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. It was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Bob Wright is Vice Chairman, General Electric, and served as chief executive officer of NBC for more than twenty years. The Autism Genetic Resource Exchange is a program of Autism Speaks which collects biomaterials and clinical data from families and makes it widely available to approved researchers. To learn more about Autism Spea
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