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Autism in a fish eating population  

This is a two-year project that expands the Seychelles Child Development Study, which is a longitudinal cohort study following children and adolescents in the Republic of Seychelles who were exposed prenatally to methylmercury (MeHg) through maternal consumption of a diet high in fish. It provides a unique opportunity to examine the controversial issue of whether ASD is related to MeHg exposure-an issue that has major public health implications in the United States.


Funder National Institutes of Health
Fiscal Year Funding $229,498.00
Project Number R21ES015487-01A1
Principal Investigator Davidson, Philip
Strategic Plan Question Question 3: What Caused This To Happen And Can This Be Prevented? (Risk Factors)
Strategic Plan Objective Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount. 3.1 Initiate studies on at least five environmental factors identified in the recommendations from the 2007 IOM report “Autism and the Environment: Challenges and Opportunities for Research” as potential causes of ASD by 2010. IACC Recommended Budget: $23,600,000 over 2 years.
Federal or Private? Federal
Institution University of Rochester
State/Country New York
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History/Related Projects Autism in a fish eating population | $172,491.00 | 2009 | 5R21ES015487-02