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Vitamin D status and autism spectrum disorder: Is there an association?  

This work proposes to explore an association between vitamin D status and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis and severity. Using the Childhood Autism Risks from Genetics and the Environment (CHARGE) study at the Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders (MIND) Institute in California, Dr. Hammock will examine both levels of vitamin D as well as gene variants which control vitamin D metabolism from mothers, newborn blood spots, children with autism, and typically-developing controls. They will also examine the relationship between vitamin D status and genetic influences which control vitamin D metabolism. The study will determine whether there is a difference in prenatal levels of vitamin D and whether this contributes to later developing autism. Additional variables, such as diet and lifestyle habits, will be examined to help explain this relationship. Project Status
ONGOING

2009

Funder Autism Speaks
Fiscal Year Funding $85,961.00
Project Number 4933
Principal Investigator Hammock, Bruce
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 3: What Caused This To Happen And Can This Be Prevented? (Risk Factors)
Strategic Plan Objective New! 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.
Federal or Private? Private
Institution University of California, Davis
State/Country California
Web Link 1 Vitamin D status and autism spectrum disorder: Is there an association? (External web link)
Web Link 2 No URL available.
Web Link 3 No URL available.
New! History/Related Projects Vitamin D status and autism spectrum disorder: Is there an association? | $61,272.00 | 2010 | 4933
Vitamin D status and autism spectrum disorder: Is there an association? | $80,000.00 | 2008 | 4933