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Assisted reproductive treatments and risk of autism  

In the past decade, the use of assisted reproductive treatments such as in vitro fertilization and intracytoplasmatic sperm injection has consistently increased, with approximately 1% of infants born in 2004 being conceived through such treatments. As well, there is accumulating evidence suggesting that there may be a relationship between the use of assisted reproductive treatments and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in children born as the result of such treatments. In the present study, researchers will use population-based health records collected in Sweden for all infants born between 1982 and 2001, including those born after assisted reproduction treatments. Dr. Reichenberg and colleagues will analyze the data to determine whether diagnoses of ASD link to the use of assisted reproductive treatments as well as to other potentially relevant factors such as parental age and perinatal indices such as birth weight. Project Status
ONGOING

2009

Funder Autism Speaks
Fiscal Year Funding $60,000.00
Project Number 3681
Principal Investigator Reichenberg, Avi
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 Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London
State/Country United Kingdom
Web Link 1 Assisted reproductive treatments and risk of autism (External web link)
Web Link 2 No URL available.
Web Link 3 No URL available.
New! History/Related Projects Assisted reproductive treatments and risk of autism | $59,686.00 | 2010 | 3681
Assisted reproductive treatments and risk of autism | $20,000.00 | 2008 | 3681