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A randomized, double blind, placebo controlled study of fatty acid supplementation in autism  

Omega-3 fatty acid supplements have been widely marketed as a "treatment" for autism, but have not undergone controlled studies to rigorously evaluate their usefulness in treating the symptoms of autism. This study will carry out a double blind placebo controlled trial to determine the efficacy of omega-3 fatty acid supplementation in treating symptoms of autism. Participants in the trial will be children diagnosed with autism, randomly assigned to treatment and placebo groups. The treatment will involve 12 weeks of daily omega-3 fatty acid supplementation. Behavioral outcomes will be assessed by parents, teachers, and blinded clinicians to examine changes in mood and behavior following supplementation. This research will help support or disprove the usefulness of omega-3 fatty acids in the treatment of autism and allow better understanding of the mechanisms by which fatty acids may exert their effects. Project Status
ONGOING

2010

Funder Autism Speaks
Fiscal Year Funding $0.00
Current Award Period 2008-2010
Project Number 2934
Principal Investigator Carpenter, Laura
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 4: Which Treatments And Interventions Will Help? (Treatments)
Subcategory Complementary, Dietary, and Alternative
Strategic Plan Objective Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount. 4SC. Test safety and efficacy of at least five widely used interventions (e.g., nutrition, medications, assisted technologies, sensory integration, medical procedures) that have not been rigorously studied for use in ASD by 2012. IACC Recommended Budget: $27,800,000 over 5 years.
Federal or Private? Private
Institution Medical University of South Carolina
State/Country South Carolina
Web Link 1 A randomized, double blind, placebo controlled study of fatty acid supplementation in autism (External web link)
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