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Project Title

Project Title

A randomized, double blind, placebo controlled study of fatty acid supplementation in autism

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Carpenter, Laura

Description

Description

Omega-3 fatty acid supplements have been widely marketed as a "treatment" for autism, but have not undergone controlled studies to rigorously evaluate their usefulness in treating the symptoms of autism. This study will carry out a double blind placebo controlled trial to determine the efficacy of omega-3 fatty acid supplementation in treating symptoms of autism. Participants in the trial will be children diagnosed with autism, randomly assigned to treatment and placebo groups. The treatment will involve 12 weeks of daily omega-3 fatty acid supplementation. Behavioral outcomes will be assessed by parents, teachers, and blinded clinicians to examine changes in mood and behavior following supplementation. This research will help support or disprove the usefulness of omega-3 fatty acids in the treatment of autism and allow better understanding of the mechanisms by which fatty acids may exert their effects.

Funder

Funder

Autism Speaks

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

0

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2008-2010

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 4: Which Treatments And Interventions Will Help?

Strategic Plan Objective

Strategic Plan Objective

Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount. 4SC. Test safety and efficacy of at least five widely used interventions (e.g., nutrition, medications, assisted technologies, sensory integration, medical procedures) that have not been rigorously studied for use in ASD by 2012. IACC Recommended Budget: $27,800,000 over 5 years.

Project Link

Project Link

A randomized, double blind, placebo controlled study of fatty acid supplementation in autism (External web link)

Institution

Institution

Medical University of South Carolina

State/Country

State/Country

South Carolina

Project Number

Project Number

2934

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Private

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

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