National Public Radio featured a story today about a group that invites families with autistic kids and adults to put their info into a database which is used by researchers needing subjects for study.
The Interactive Autism Network was set up two years ago by Kennedy Krieger Institute, a research center in Baltimore, with funding from Autism Speaks, a nonprofit advocacy group.
Our family has been in a number of genetic studies conducted at Washington University by Dr. John Constantino and others. The pace has slowed down in recent years though. This NPR report suggests that more funding will be coming for autism studies through the federal stimulus package.
As I’ve said before, I am hoping to see a shift in study focus from genetics to environmental causes. An epidemic can’t have solely genetic causes.