Navigation Links
UIC joins international research effort to study autism
Date:11/14/2008

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago are taking part in an international effort to gather DNA samples from 2,000 autism patients and their families over the next three years.

The initiative, called the Simons Simplex Collection, is the first coordinated effort to create a database of information about families with only one autistic child.

"This collection of DNA will allow researchers at UIC and at other centers to identify genetic factors that increase the risk of autism and to potentially develop interventional therapies and new drugs for the treatment of autism spectrum disorders," said Dr. Edwin Cook, professor of psychiatry, director of the UIC Autism Center of Excellence, and principal investigator of the study.

Autism is an often devastating and lifelong disorder that appears during the first three years of life. Children and adults with autism often have difficulty communicating and forming relationships. The variation of behaviors and level of functioning among people with autism differ greatly.

The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about one of every 150 eight-year-old children is diagnosed with some form of autism spectrum disorder. Autism spectrum disorders occur in all populations and socioeconomic groups and are four times more likely to occur in boys than in girls.

Families eligible to participate in the study include those with only one child with an autism spectrum disorder, age four or older; one or more siblings without an autism spectrum disorder, age four or older; and unaffected biological parents who are willing to participate.

Eligible children with an autism spectrum disorder will receive a behavioral assessment and all family members will donate blood, a source of DNA. A small number of families with no siblings or siblings under the age of four may be eligible to participate in the study.

DNA gathered through the Simons Simplex Collection will be stored at a central repository.

Data gathered from the research will aid scientists from around the world who are searching for the causes of autism.

In addition to UIC, the Simons study is being conducted at Baylor University, Columbia University, Emory University, Harvard University, McGill University in Montreal, the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of Michigan, the University of Missouri, the University of Washington, Vanderbilt University, Washington University, and Yale University.


'/>"/>

Contact: Sherri McGinnis Gonzlez
smcginn@uic.edu
312-996-8277
University of Illinois at Chicago
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Former NBA and Boston Celtic Star Dee Brown Joins PrimeTime Sports, Boca Ratons Unique Sports Training Facility
2. Alexander R. Giaquinto, Ph.D., Joins Regado Biosciences as Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance
3. Trust for Americas Health Joins GAO in Calling for Next Administration to Focus on Urgent Public Health Issues as Top Priorities
4. Diabetes Dad Tom Karlya Rejoins Diabetes Research Institute Foundation
5. Groseth Rejoins EMSI to Lead Healthcare Services Sales
6. Healthy Eating Expert Ellie Krieger Joins Yoplait(R) Yo-Plus(TM) to Raise Awareness of Digestive Health
7. EarthSearch Communications International Joins Motorola's Enterprise Mobility Business PartnerSelect Program
8. AmerisourceBergen Joins National Patient Safety Foundation Corporate Council
9. Cargill Executive Joins Blue Cross Board of Trustees
10. Norm Botsford Joins Culbert Healthcare Solutions Strategic Services Team
11. New Chief Executive Officer Joins International Diabetes Federation
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/18/2017)... Massachusetts (PRWEB) , ... February 17, 2017 , ... ... the leading source of disruptive innovation in the industry, according to the recent ... Reports are based on surveys of the NEJM Catalyst Insights Council, a qualified ...
(Date:2/18/2017)... ... February 18, 2017 , ... ... Use Pixel Film Studios ’ ProParagraph Fashion Volume 2 for all multi-line ... other applications. Users can pick and choose from hand-crafted trend-setting designs with ...
(Date:2/17/2017)... ... February 17, 2017 , ... The Alliance ... change designed to further positively impact the health and wellness of our community ... considered it our duty to seriously consider releasing our assets beyond our 5% ...
(Date:2/17/2017)... ... February 17, 2017 , ... Empowering ... Francis' goals for each and every seminar, session and class she offers. ... five different brainwave tools which help energize creativity, focus mental functions, enhance athletic ...
(Date:2/17/2017)... ... , ... Program will serve more than 5,000 kids in ... Foundation announced today that they have awarded nine grants to expand the Foundation’s ... mentoring program, teaches kids the fundamentals of soccer while striving to help them ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/17/2017)... , Feb. 17, 2017 ... health offerings at the  2017 HIMSS ... PHG,AEX: PHIA), a global leader ... broad range of population health ... health solutions, fully integrated in a highly ...
(Date:2/16/2017)... , Feb. 16, 2017 Research and ... for Emerging Medical Device Technologies" report to their offering. ... ... open procedures, general instruments, non-drug coated implantables, large endoscopes, needle ... in use over the last two to three decades for ...
(Date:2/16/2017)... The Lockwood Group (Lockwood), a medical communications agency, ... in Connecticut list by the ... a row that Lockwood has been in the top 10, ... spot in 2017. The award recognizes companies that have been ... determined through a survey conducted by The Best Companies Group ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: