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Project Title

Project Title

Community-based study of autism spectrum disorders among 7-9 y old children in rural Bangladesh

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Christian, Parul

Description

Description

Little is known about autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in most low income countries, especially in underserved South Asia, where access to health professionals to diagnose and treat child development disorders, like autism, are virtually non-existent. This study describes an attempt to screen, diagnose, and estimate the prevalence of ASD among ~11,000 children 7-9 years of age within 600 villages located in a rural area in northwest Bangladesh. This study will be conducted as a two-phase screening and diagnostic survey, carried out by well-trained staff, using accurately translated forms, following highly standardized methods guided by a joint Johns Hopkins-Bangladeshi scientific team. In addition, the health, dietary and socioeconomic histories of the children under study are known, via assessments of the mothers in pregnancy, and the children themselves in infancy. This was done as part of two earlier field trials between 2001 and 2007 that evaluated the health and survival rates of children following maternal vitamin A and beta-carotene supplementation during pregnancy and administration of a large dose of vitamin A to the baby at birth. Thus, the results of this study will include the first estimates of the prevalence of autism in South Asia by using globally recognized methods as well as data collected during fetal life, at birth and in early infancy. This study has the potential to impact our understanding of why some children develop, and others do not develop, this developmental disorder.

Funder

Funder

Autism Speaks

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

0

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2012-2015

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 3: What Caused This To Happen And Can This Be Prevented?

Strategic Plan Objective

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.

Project Link

Project Link

Community-based study of autism spectrum disorders among 7-9 y old children in rural Bangladesh (External web link)

Institution

Institution

Johns Hopkins University

State/Country

State/Country

Maryland

Project Number

Project Number

8447

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Private

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Community-based study of autism spectrum disorders among 7-9 y old children in rural Bangladesh | 196051 | 2012 | 8447
Community-based study of autism spectrum disorders among 7-9 y old children in rural Bangladesh | 0 | 2015 | 8447
Community-based study of autism spectrum disorders among 7-9 y old children in rural Bangladesh | 0 | 2013 | 8447

 
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