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Oxytocin biology and the social deficits of autism spectrum disorders  

The researchers plan to examine oxytocin levels and variants in the oxytocin receptor gene in children who have autism, their unaffected siblings, and unrelated typically developing control children. Social functioning among the children will be assessed using established diagnostic tests. A key feature of this pilot project is the inclusion of girls and unaffected siblings, two groups that are often excluded from autism studies, but which are essential to a broader understanding of the various manifestations of autism. Parker and colleagues believe that shedding light on the role of oxytocin in social functioning may lead to the discovery of biomarkers for autism, implementation of earlier and more accurate diagnostic methods, and development of the first therapeutic treatments for the social deficits seen in autism spectrum disorders. Project Status
ONGOING

2009

Funder Simons Foundation
Fiscal Year Funding $150,000.00
Project Number 93231
Principal Investigator Parker, Karen
Received ARRA Funding? No
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. 1LA. Identify behavioral and biological markers that separately, or in combination, accurately identify, before age 2, one or more subtypes of children at risk for developing ASD by 2014. IACC Recommended Budget: $33,300,000 over 5 years.
Federal or Private? Private
Institution Stanford University
State/Country California
Web Link 1 Oxytocin biology and the social deficits of autism spectrum disorders (External web link)
Web Link 2 No URL available.
Web Link 3 No URL available.
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