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Project Title

Project Title

Using near-infrared spectroscopy to measure the neural correlates of social and emotional development in infants at risk for autism spectrum disorder

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Wagner, Jennifer B.

Description

Description

Jennifer B. Wagner, Ph.D., of Children's Hospital, Boston, Harvard University, will apply state-of-the-art neuroimaging to study infants who may be at risk for autism spectrum disorder on the basis of an older sibling with a confirmed diagnosis. She will look for early neural markers of abnormal face processing during the first year of life that might be predictive of a later autism diagnosis. Because so much social information is gleaned through faces, researchers are increasingly asking whether abnormal face processing might be at the root of the social-communicative impairments typical of the disorder; but since diagnosis is usually made after the age of three, it is unknown whether this behavior happens early in development and is a consequence of the onset of symptoms. All the infants will be tested at regular intervals through 24 months of age when an ASD diagnosis can be reliably made.

Funder

Funder

Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

0

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2011-2013

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 1: When Should I Be Concerned?

Strategic Plan Objective

Strategic Plan Objective

Green dot: Objective has greater than or equal to the recommended funding. 1LA. Identify behavioral and biological markers that separately, or in combination, accurately identify, before age 2, one or more subtypes of children at risk for developing ASD, and evaluate whether these risk markers or profiles can improve early identification through heightened developmental monitoring and screening by 2014. IACC Recommended Budget: $33,300,000 over 5 years.

Project Link

Project Link

No link available.

Institution

Institution

City of New York, College of Staten Island

State/Country

State/Country

New York

Project Number

Project Number

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Private

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Using near-infrared spectroscopy to measure the neural correlates of social and emotional development in infants at risk for autism spectrum disorder | 15000 | 2011 | N/A
Using near-infrared spectroscopy to measure the neural correlates of social and emotional development in infants at risk for autism spectrum disorder | 15000 | 2012 | N/A
Using near-infrared spectroscopy to measure the neural correlates of social and emotional development in infants at risk for autism spectrum disorder | 0 | 2012 | N/A
Using near-infrared spectroscopy to measure the neural correlates of social and emotional development in infants at risk for autism spectrum disorder | 15000 | 2013 |
Using near-infrared spectroscopy to measure the neural correlates of social and emotional development in infants at risk for autism spectrum disorder | 14950 | 2013 |
Using near-infrared spectroscopy to measure the neural correlates of social and emotional development in infants at risk for autism spectrum disorder | 0 | 2015 |

 
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