Gene Discovery In Large Multiplex Families With Autism Spectrum Disorders

Grant number: 1044175 | Funding period: 2013 - 2015

Completed

Abstract

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood with lifelong impact. ASD are characterised by deficits in communication, language development and restricted behaviours or interests. ASD have a genetic basis likely due to multiple genes but the cause is not known in more than 75% of cases. This project will discover genes associated with ASD by studying large families in which several children have ASD and identify new targets for treatment.