Gene Discovery in Large Multiplex Families with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Grant number: 1044175 | Funding period: 2013 - 2015



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.

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