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Early developmental risk factors for autism in a national birth cohort  

This pilot study will establish a new project called the Finnish Prenatal Study of Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders (FiPS-A). The FiPS-A is based on the Finnish Maternity Cohort (FMC), which consists of virtually all births in Finland (N=1.1 million) from 1987- 2005. The investigators will use maternal medical and exposure history collected during pregnancy to examine if infection, hormonal abnormalities, and smoking are related to an increased risk of autism in their children in a subset of these 1.1 million births. This study will also be able to identify potential early risk factors, including improper growth and development before the child was diagnosed, to assess whether these parameters can be included in early signs of autism. In addition to medical data, this project has the ability to analyze blood samples that were drawn during pregnancy in a random sample of children who are diagnosed with autism and a random sample of children without autism, all of whom were in the national FMC cohort. Project Status


Funder Autism Speaks
Fiscal Year Funding $59,457.00
Project Number 2021
Principal Investigator Sourander, Andre
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 3: What Caused This To Happen And Can This Be Prevented? (Risk Factors)
Strategic Plan Objective Green dot: Objective has greater than or equal to the recommended funding. 3LD. Support ancillary studies within one or more large-scale, population-based surveillance and epidemiological studies, including U.S. populations, to collect data on environmental factors during preconception, and during prenatal and early postnatal development, as well as genetic data, that could be pooled (as needed), to analyze targets for potential gene/environment interactions by 2015. IACC Recommended Budget: $44,400,000 over 5 years.
Federal or Private? Private
Institution Turku University
State/Country Finland
Web Link 1 Early developmental risk factors for autism in a national birth cohort (External web link)
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History/Related Projects Early developmental risk factors for autism in a national birth cohort | $60,000.00 | 2008 | 2021