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ACE Center: MRI studies of early brain development in autism  

This grant provides support for an NIH Autism Center of Excellence (ACE). Early brain overgrowth is a recently identified, but not yet directly measured, phenomenon in autism. This study will identify early brain growth biomarkers in ASD by longitudinal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of infants at-risk for ASD, infants at-risk for developmental delay, and typical infants at 12 and 24 months. Project Status


Funder National Institutes of Health
Fiscal Year Funding $364,247.00
Current Award Period 2007-2012
Project Number 5P50MH081755-04
Principal Investigator Courchesne, Eric
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 1: When Should I Be Concerned? (Diagnosis)
Subcategory Early Signs and Biomarkers
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? Federal
Institution University of California, San Diego
State/Country California
Web Link 1 ACE Center: MRI studies of early brain development in autism (External web link)
Web Link 2 No URL available.
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History/Related Projects ACE Center: MRI studies of early brain development in autism | $365,830.00 | 2009 | 5P50MH081755-03