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Question 3: Short-term Objective F  

$166,362.00
Fiscal Year: 2010

Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount.3SF. Initiate studies on at least 10 environmental factors identified in the recommendations from the 2007 IOM report "Autism and the Environment: Challenges and Opportunities for Research" as potential causes of ASD by 2012. Estimated cost $56,000,000 over 2 years.

Download 2010 Question 3: Short-term Objective F projects (EXCEL)
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Project Title Principal Investigator Institution
MeHG stimulates antiapoptotic signaling in stem cells Bressler, Joseph Kennedy Krieger Institute
An investigation on the potential harmful effects of mercury in the nonhuman primate Burbacher, Thomas University of Washington
Prenatal exposure to polyfluoroalkyl compounds in the EMA study Croen, Lisa Kaiser Foundation Research Institute
Immunopathogenesis in autism: Regulatory T cells and autoimmunity in neurodevelopment DeWitt, Jamie East Carolina University
Early exposure to acetaminophen and autism Hertz-Picciotto, Irva University of California, Davis

Objective Cumulative Funding Table

IACC Strategic Plan Objective 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Total
Initiate studies on at least 10 environmental factors identified in the recommendations from the 2007 IOM report "Autism and the Environment: Challenges and Opportunities for Research" as potential causes of ASD by 2012.

IACC Recommended Budget: $56,000,000 over 2 years (revised in 2010)
3.1
$7,600,673
19 projects

3.S.F
$2,952,960
14 projects

3.S.F
$166,362
5 projects

3.S.F
$0
3 projects

3.S.F
$75,000
1 project

$10,794,995
3.S.F. Funding: The recommended budget was partially met.

Progress: There has been a significant decrease in the number of studies related to this objective.

Remaining Gaps, Needs, and Opportunities: Further work in this area is needed, and work should focus on identifying the directionality of associations between environmental factors and ASD (causal, reactive, or independent) in order to be applied to prevention and the development of therapeutics. Sophisticated methods that are being applied in other fields need to be brought into autism research.