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Project Title

Project Title

Studying Williams Syndrome to Better Characterize Early Social Behavior in ASD

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Malik, Leena

Description

Description

This project will expand an ongoing study led by Dr John Constantino, which is developing two ways to quantify social behavior in young children. Currently, typically developing children, children with autism and children at risk for autism are included. However, funding for this project will allow the researchers to collect data on individuals with Williams Syndrome (WS). In contrast to people with ASD, people with WS are intensely social, even from an early age. Interestingly, while their behaviors are different, they share certain genetic markers with some people with autism. Therefore, including this comparison group will not only improve the accuracy of the instruments, but also better characterize the contribution of these genes to social behavior.

Funder

Funder

Autism Science Foundation

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

0

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2014-2015

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 2: How Can I Understand What Is Happening?

Strategic Plan Objective

Strategic Plan Objective

Green dot: Objective has greater than or equal to the recommended funding. 2SG. Support five studies that associate specific genotypes with functional or structural phenotypes, including behavioral and medical phenotypes (e.g., nonverbal individuals with ASD and those with cognitive impairments) by 2015. IACC Recommended Budget: $22,600,000 over 5 years.

Project Link

Project Link

Studying Williams Syndrome to Better Characterize Early Social Behavior in ASD (External web link)

Institution

Institution

Washington University in St. Louis

State/Country

State/Country

Missouri

Project Number

Project Number

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Private

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Studying Williams Syndrome to Better Characterize Early Social Behavior in ASD | 5000 | 2014 |

 
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