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Autism is a major developmental disorder that affects approximately 1 in 68 children, and if untreated, results in lifelong challenges in communication, social interaction, and behavior.
The Autism/Asperger’s Research Program at ASU is dedicated to finding the causes, and conducts landmark research in autism prevention, as well as best methods of helping people affected by the disorder. The crossdisciplinary research team and its collaborators is led by Professor James Adams, and includes physicians, nutritionists, biochemists, scientists, and other staff. The program focus is primarily on biomedical issues, including nutritional deficiencies, heavy metal toxicity, and bacterial/yeast overgrowths in the gut.
Research projects include:
- Treatment Effectiveness Survey – to determine which treatments are the best for different symptoms
- 2nd GI Treatment Study – a follow-up to a highly successful study of a new treatment for gut problems in individuals with autism
- Healthy Child Guide – a project aimed at developing advice for families on how to prevent autism and other neurological problems
- Mom’s Study – to evaluate and treat metabolic problems in mothers of children with autism
Visit the program website to see a more detailed summary of research.