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Multi-registry analyses for iCARE - Finland  

This proposal builds on the Autism Speaks-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) International Autism Epidemiology Network Registry Workgroup. The Workgroup established the International Collaboration for Autism Registry Epidemiology (iCARE) and identified relevant registry systems for the proposed investigation in Scandinavia (Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway), Australia and Israel. The goals of the investigation are 1) to establish the necessary infrastructure for multi-registry autism research, including establishing a multi-registry virtual data set approach to analysis and establishing written guidelines for multi-national registry-based research collaboration, and 2) demonstrate the capabilities of the multi-registry approach to elucidate etiological pathways to autism by thoroughly investigating candidate factors for perinatal adversity in relation to autism, beginning with gestational length and fetal growth. The study will consider variation in diagnostic criteria and trends over time, and based on heretofore unrivaled sample sizes that will permit examination of risk across more finely defined birth weight and gestational age categories; consider effects on risk of fetal size at a given gestational age; control for confounding; and conduct robust stratified analyses considering other important risk factors, such as gender, parental age, and birth multiplicity, and features of autism, such as diagnostic subtype. The proposed project presets a new scope in epidemiological investigation into risk factors for autism, and will provide the foundation and guidelines for future investigations. Project Status


Funder Autism Speaks
Fiscal Year Funding $41,910.00
Current Award Period 2009-2012
Project Number 6251
Principal Investigator Sourander, Andre
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 New! Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount. 3SH. Support at least three studies of special populations or use existing databases to inform our understanding of environmental risk factors for ASD in pregnancy and the early postnatal period by 2012. Such studies could include: o Comparisons of populations differing in geography, gender, ethnic background, exposure history (e.g., prematurity, maternal infection, nutritional deficiencies, toxins), and migration patterns; and o Comparisons of phenotype (e.g., cytokine profiles), in children with and without a history of autistic regression, adverse events following immunization (such as fever and seizures), and mitochondrial impairment. These studies may also include comparisons of phenotype between children with regressive ASD and their siblings. oEmphasis on environmental factors that influence prenatal and early postnatal development is particularly of high priority. Epidemiological studies should pay special attention to include racially and ethnically diverse populations. IACC Recommended Budget: $12,000,000 over 5 years.
Federal or Private? Private
Institution Turku University
State/Country Finland
Web Link 1 Multi-registry analyses for iCARE - Finland (External web link)
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History/Related Projects Multi-registry analyses for iCARE - Finland | $29,700.00 | 2009 | 6251
Multi-registry analyses for iCARE - Finland | $38,335.00 | 2011 | 6251
Multi-registry analyses for iCARE - Finland | $6,979.50 | 2012 | 268529