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Social determinants of the autism epidemic  

This project is designed to understand the rapid increase in autism prevalence in the United States over the past two decades. New analyses of complex, multilevel temporally sensitive data sets will be performed to determine which familial, environmental, gene-environment, and diagnostic factors are driving the autism epidemic. In particular, detailed analytical models capable of capturing social network and social influence underpinnings of autism prevalence will be developed. Project Status


Funder National Institutes of Health
Fiscal Year Funding $805,000.00
Current Award Period 2007-2012
Project Number 5DP1OD003635-04
Principal Investigator Bearman, Peter
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 3: What Caused This To Happen And Can This Be Prevented? (Causes)
Subcategory Environment
Strategic Plan Objective Green dot: Objective has greater than or equal to the recommended funding. 3LD. Support ancillary studies within one or more large-scale, population-based surveillance and epidemiological studies, including U.S. populations, to collect data on environmental factors during preconception, and during prenatal and early postnatal development, as well as genetic data, that could be pooled (as needed), to analyze targets for potential gene/environment interactions by 2015. IACC Recommended Budget: $44,400,000 over 5 years.
Federal or Private? Federal
Institution Columbia University
State/Country New York
Web Link 1 Social determinants of the autism epidemic (External web link)
Web Link 2 No URL available.
Web Link 3 No URL available.
History/Related Projects Social determinants of the autism epidemic | $805,000.00 | 2009 | 5DP1OD003635-03
Social determinants of the autism epidemic | $805,000.00 | 2008 | DP1OD003635-02