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Question 4: Objective 6  

$641,285.00
Fiscal Year: 2008

Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount.4.6 Test safety and efficacy of at least five widely used interventions (e.g., nutrition, medications, medical procedures) that have not been rigorously studied for use in ASD by 2012. IACC Recommended Budget: $27,800,000 over 5 years.

Download 2008 Question 4: Objective 6 projects (EXCEL)
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Project Title Principal Investigator Institution
Safety and efficacy of complementary and alternative medicine for autism spectrum disorders Bent, Stephen University of California, San Francisco
Double blind placebo controlled evaluation of fluconazole Granpeesheh, Doreen Center for Autism and Related Disorders
Double blind placebo controlled trial of hyperbaric oxygen Granpeesheh, Doreen Center for Autism and Related Disorders
Raising glutathione levels in children with autism Kern, Janet University of Texas
Parents and professionals attitudes to dietary interventions in ASD (PADIA) Le Couteur, Ann Newcastle University
Omega 3 fatty acids in the treatment of children with autism spectrum disorders Novotny, Sherie University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Probiotics and vitamin D in ASD Stubbs, Gene Oregon Health & Science University
Acupressure and acupuncture as an intervention with children with autism Warren, Lana Kennedy Krieger Institute

Objective Cumulative Funding Table

IACC Strategic Plan Objectives 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Total
Test safety and efficacy of at least five widely used interventions (e.g., nutrition, medications, assisted technologies, sensory integration, medical procedures) that have not been rigorously studied for use in ASD by 2012.

IACC Recommended Budget: $27,800,000 over 5 years
4.6
$641,285
8 projects

4.S.C
$3,252,941
29 projects

4.S.C
$1,509,745
18 projects

4.S.C
$2,254,724
18 projects

4.S.C
$1,288,226
17 projects

$8,946,921
4.S.C. Funding: The recommended budget was partially met.

Progress: Several projects were funded in this area, but more work is needed, as this is an area of significant public interest.

Remaining Gaps, Needs, and Opportunities: Experts discussed the best balance between developing new treatments and testing current treatments that lack evidence, especially when funds are limited and conclusive clinical trials are expensive. The group noted that interventions for minimally verbal children are needed; some projects on assistive communication technologies, robotics and speech processing technology to assist with social communication training are funded, but more are needed. There are other projects related to minimally verbal autism in objective 4.S.G. Small pilot studies on nutritional therapies (i.e., GFCF diet studies) have been conducted with inconclusive outcomes, demonstrating the necessity for further exploration of nutritional interventions. Future emphasis on scientific investment in sensory integration and assisted technologies is needed.