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Question 1: Short-term Objective A  

$4,728,119.75
Fiscal Year: 2009

Green dot: Objective has greater than or equal to the recommended funding.1SA. Develop, with existing tools, at least one efficient diagnostic instrument (e.g., briefer, less time intensive) that is valid in diverse populations for use in large-scale studies by 2011. IACC Recommended Budget: $5,300,000 over 2 years.

Download 2009 Question 1: Short-term Objective A projects (EXCEL)
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Project Title Principal Investigator Institution
2/2 Development of a screening interview for research studies of ASD Bishop, Somer Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Computer adaptive testing of adaptive behavior of children and youth with autism Coster, Wendy Boston University
Quantitative analysis of craniofacial dysmorphology in autism Deutsch, Curtis University of Massachusetts Medical School
Psychometric evaluation of the autism symptom diagnostic scale Dixon, Dennis Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)
BrainVision BrainAmp MR plus Fan, Jin Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Early detection of pervasive developmental disorders Fein, Deborah University of Connecticut
Early detection of pervasive developmental disorders (supplement) Fein, Deborah University of Connecticut
Improving accuracy and accessibility of early autism screening Howard, Barbara Total Child Health, Inc.
1/2 Development of a screening interview for research studies of ASD Lord, Catherine University of Michigan
Development of a brief screener for research in autism spectrum disorders Lord, Catherine University of Michigan
Autism dysmorphology measure validity study Miles, Judith University of Missouri
Automated measurement of dialogue structure in autism Roark, Brian Oregon Health and Science University
Naturalistic observation diagnostic assessment for autism Smith, Christopher Southwestern Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC)
Think Asperger's Smith, Christopher Southwestern Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC)
The creation of ASDRA (Autism Spectrum Disorder Risk Alert) Tiranoff, Louise Tiranoff Productions, LLC

Objective Cumulative Funding Table

IACC Strategic Plan Objective 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Total
Develop, with existing tools, at least one efficient diagnostic instrument (i.e., briefer, less time intensive) that is valid in diverse populations for use in large-scale studies by 2011.

IACC Recommended Budget: $5,300,000 over 2 years
1.1
$75,000
2 projects

1.S.A
$4,728,120
15 projects

1.S.A
$4,963,192
15 projects

1.S.A
$2,387,955
8 projects

1.S.A
$2,214,544
8 projects

$14,368,811
1.S.A. Funding: The recommended budget was met. Significantly more than the recommended minimum budget was allocated to projects specific to this objective.

Progress: Though several projects are underway to develop efficient screeners and diagnostic tools, the overarching aim of this objective has not yet been achieved.

Remaining Gaps, Needs, and Opportunities: In addition to efficiency, emphasis should be placed on developing cost-effective, performance-based tools, and on validating these across diverse populations. Recent RFAs issued by NIMH and Autism Speaks that focus on parental engagement and early access to care could result in projects that address this objective. Currently, many screening tools exist, and these tools in many cases can be adapted for broader uses, but improved diagnostic tools remain an outstanding need.