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Identifying gastrointestinal (GI) conditions in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD)  

Gastrointestinal (GI) dysfunction is relatively prevalent in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but is especially difficult to diagnose. Current clinical practice guidelines include neither routine GI evaluation nor diagnostic criteria or protocols that consider the special gastrointestinal needs of this patient population. Therefore, the first objective of the proposed study is to develop and validate effective and appropriate diagnostic screening methods to detect symptomatic GI dysfunction in children with ASD. The second objective of the proposed research is to determine whether GI dysfunction contributes substantially to the expression of problem behaviors (PB) in children with ASD and to determine, if specific behaviors, including but not limited to PB, are increased in those children with gastrointestinal dysfunctions. Project Status
ONGOING

2010

Funder Autism Speaks
Fiscal Year Funding $127,500.00
Current Award Period 2008-2011
Project Number 2037
Principal Investigator Winter, Harland
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 1: When Should I Be Concerned? (Diagnosis)
Subcategory Diagnostic and Screening Tools
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, and evaluate whether these risk markers or profiles can improve early identification through heightened developmental monitoring and screening by 2014. IACC Recommended Budget: $33,300,000 over 5 years.
Federal or Private? Private
Institution Harvard Medical School
State/Country Massachusetts
Web Link 1 Identifying gastrointestinal (GI) conditions in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) (External web link)
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