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Relation of sleep epileptiform discharges to insomnia and daytime behavior  

Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are known to have a higher prevalence of epilepsy and sleep disturbances, which may affect daytime functioning. Interictal epileptiform discharges (IEDs) are patterns of abnormal brain activity associated with epilepsy which have also been found to be prevalent in people with ASDs. Whether IEDs are involved in sleep disturbance in children with ASD is unknown, and this proposed study is aimed at examining potential links between IEDs, sleep, and behavior. Researchers will test the hypothesis that IEDs during sleep may affect sleep patterns, contributing to the underlying sleep disturbance which may in turn result in behavioral problems. Dr. Barnes and colleagues will examine the prevalence of IEDs during sleep in a cohort of children with ASD. IEDs are measured by electroencephalography (EEG), which records electrical activity in the brain in a noninvasive manner. EEG and behavioral data will be used to examine the relationships between sleep IEDs, sleep disturbances, and daytime behavior in these children. Project Status
ONGOING

2010

Funder Autism Speaks
Fiscal Year Funding $0.00
Current Award Period 2009-2010
Project Number 3689
Principal Investigator Barnes, Gregory
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 2: How Can I Understand What Is Happening? (Biology)
Subcategory Co-occurring Conditions
Strategic Plan Objective Green dot: Objective has greater than or equal to the recommended funding. 2SE. Launch three studies that target the underlying biological mechanisms of co-occurring conditions with autism, including seizures/epilepsy, sleep disorders, wandering/elopement behavior, and familial autoimmune disorders, by 2012. IACC Recommended Budget: $9,000,000 over 5 years.
Federal or Private? Private
Institution Vanderbilt University
State/Country Tennessee
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