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Project Element Element Description

Project Title

Project Title

Utilization of the Navigation Guide to Understand Environmental Exposures and Risk of ASD

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Woodruff, Tracey

Description

Description

The goal of this project is to translate environmental health research into improved health and policy outcomes related to autism spectrum disorder (ASD). A fundamental impediment to evidence-based decision making related to environmental exposures and ASD is that individuals and populations impacted by ASD and policy makers are confronted with a plethora of information, some contradictory, about exposure to environmental factors and whether they are risk factors for ASD, and this information lacks a concise, transparently-derived and evidence-based "bottom-line" about the meaning of the science. To address this unmet need, this project aimsto: 1) Apply the Navigation Guide to answer one or more health-impacted population-relevant question(s) about the link between the environment and ASD; 2) Transfer knowledge of Navigation Guide systematic review methodology to Autism Speaks’ scientific collaborators and stakeholders; and 3) Disseminate the findings in clinical and policy arenas. 1These studies will result in a concise and transparently derived statement of the strength of the evidence, i.e., there is “sufficient human evidence that exposure X increases risk of ASD”; and increase knowledge and awareness among Autism Speaks’ stakeholders and collaborators of the utility of the Navigation Guide methodology for answering questions about the links between the environment and ASD. In summary, this project aims to generate a robust and transparent tool for evidence-based decision making regarding the environment and ASD.

Funder

Funder

Autism Speaks

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

50908

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2014-2016

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 7: What Other Infrastructure and Surveillance Needs Must Be Met?

Strategic Plan Objective

Strategic Plan Objective

Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount. 7O. Create an information resource for ASD researchers (e.g., PhenX Project) to share information to facilitate data sharing and standardization of methods across projects by 2013. o This includes common protocols, instruments, designs, and other procedural documents and should include updates on new technology and links to information on how to acquire and utilize technology in development. o This can serve as a bidirectional information reference, with autism research driving the development of new resources and technologies, including new model systems, screening tools, and analytic techniques. IACC Recommended Budget: $2,000,000 over 2 years.

Project Link

Project Link

Utilization of the Navigation Guide to Understand Environmental Exposures and Risk of ASD (External web link)

Institution

Institution

University of California, San Francisco

State/Country

State/Country

California

Project Number

Project Number

9337

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Private

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Utilization of the Navigation Guide to Understand Environmental Exposures and Risk of ASD | 65325 | 2014 | 9337

 
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