Research into Early Risk Markers for Children with Autism: Funding Announced by Research Autism

News Release Date: 2 January 2008

We are delighted to announce that Research Autism has secured funding for important new research to be carried out in conjunction with Guy's Hospital, London, to be led by Professor Gillian Baird. The project will aim to identify early risk markers in the behaviour patterns of children with autism. If health professionals can recognise the early patterns of high risk behaviour, they are more likely to be able to intervene before the behaviour becomes entrenched and more severe. The project will cost £225,000 over 2 years and will start early in the New Year. The Clothworkers Foundation have generously donated £158,000 to this important project with remaining funds committed from the NHS and Research Autism.

Richard Mills, Research Director and Hon Sec , Research Autism said

"Behavioural problems in children with autism have been cited by families and professionals as the most significant barrier to quality of life and opportunity for the child and the whole family. If untreated, the problems are persistent and lead to very cost and frequently inappropriate services. This grant will allow us to identify and tackle these problems at the earliest possible stage and we are delighted that a team of the highest calibre led by Professor Gillian Baird at Guys Hospital has been assembled to undertake this work.

The recognition by New Philanthropy Capital of the significant role of Research Autism has resulted in our obtaining such wonderful support and donation from the Clothworkers Foundation without which, we would not be able to undertake this groundbreaking work."

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Bernard Fleming, Information Manager, Tel. 020 3490 3091, email info@researchautism.net

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Research Autism is the only UK charity dedicated to the production of quality, trusted information on autism treatments and other approaches. Its Information Centre is informed by world experts and accredited by the NHS Information Standard, an independent kite-mark of reliability and quality. It guides people through the minefield of interventions on offer, allowing them to make informed decisions based on impartial, factual information, including risks and hazards. Its research programme is derived from the priorities of autistic people and families and addresses areas that affect everyday life. 

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