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Project Title

Project Title

Vitamin D status and autism spectrum disorder: Is there an association?

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Hammock, Bruce

Description

Description

This work proposes to explore an association between vitamin D status and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis and severity. Using the Childhood Autism Risks from Genetics and the Environment (CHARGE) study at the Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders (MIND) Institute in California, Dr. Hammock will examine both levels of vitamin D as well as gene variants which control vitamin D metabolism from mothers, newborn blood spots, children with autism, and typically-developing controls. They will also examine the relationship between vitamin D status and genetic influences which control vitamin D metabolism. The study will determine whether there is a difference in prenatal levels of vitamin D and whether this contributes to later developing autism. Additional variables, such as diet and lifestyle habits, will be examined to help explain this relationship.

Funder

Funder

Autism Speaks

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

85961

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

na

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

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

Strategic Plan Objective

Strategic Plan Objective

Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount. 3SF. Initiate studies on at least 10 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 2012. Estimated cost $56,000,000 over 2 years.

Project Link

Project Link

Vitamin D status and autism spectrum disorder: Is there an association? (External web link)

Institution

Institution

University of California, Davis

State/Country

State/Country

California

Project Number

Project Number

4933

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Private

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Vitamin D status and autism spectrum disorder: Is there an association? | 61272 | 2010 | 4933
Vitamin D status and autism spectrum disorder: Is there an association? | 80000 | 2008 | 4933
Vitamin D status and autism spectrum disorder: Is there an association? | 0 | 2011 | 4933

 
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