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Development of a brief screener for research in autism spectrum disorders  

Because of the need to identify large numbers of participants for genetics studies and other investigations of the causes of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), researchers require a way to rapidly screen large numbers of children and identify those who are highly likely to have a diagnosis of ASD. This project aims to develop a research screening instrument based on questions from the Social Communication Questionnaire (SCQ) and the Autism Diagnostic Interview- Revised (ADI-R) that can be more effectively and practically employed in research studies of ASD. The newly developed measure will be the ADI Research Screening Questionnaire, a brief parent-report instrument that is designed to identify ASD in children ages 2 to 18 years. Development and validation of the new measure will involve two very large groups of children from multiple sites across the U.S. This project will provide researchers with the ability to quickly select potential participants so that they can more effectively carry out their investigations into the causes of ASD. Project Status


Funder National Institutes of Health
Fiscal Year Funding $498,777.00
Project Number 1RC1MH089721-01
Principal Investigator Lord, Catherine
Received ARRA Funding? Yes
Strategic Plan Question Question 1: When Should I Be Concerned? (Diagnosis)
Strategic Plan Objective Green dot: Objective has greater than or equal to the recommended funding. 1SA. Develop, with existing tools, at least one efficient diagnostic instrument (e.g., briefer, less time intensive) that is valid in diverse populations for use in large-scale studies by 2011. IACC Recommended Budget: $5,300,000 over 2 years.
Federal or Private? Federal
Institution University of Michigan
State/Country Michigan
Web Link 1 Development of a brief screener for research in autism spectrum disorders (External web link)
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History/Related Projects Development of a brief screener for research in autism spectrum disorders | $497,915.00 | 2010 | 5RC1MH089721-02