IACC Releases Its Annual Summary of Advances in ASD Research on World Autism Awareness Day

April 1, 2010

Website Link  http://iacc.hhs.gov/news/news_updates/2010/news_2009_summary_of_advances.shtml


pdf File IACC Summary of Advances 2010.pdf (708KB) [download]

"World Autism Awareness Day," established by the UN in 2007, is meant to increase global awareness about autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and promote early diagnosis and intervention. To help recognize the importance of this day, the IACC released its annual Summary of Advances, composed of short summaries of the twenty selected research articles, each of which was considered by the committee to have advanced ASD research in a significant way in 2009. These findings give new insight into ASD, a disorder which affects 1 in 110 children in the United States and is estimated to affect millions of people internationally

Each year the members of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee identify recent research findings that made the most impact on the field. For the 2009 Summary of Advances, the IACC selected and summarized 20 studies that gave significant insight into the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder, the biology of the disorder, potential risk factors, and possible interventions. These articles were the top selections from a pool of 63 peer-reviewed articles published in 2009 that were nominated by the committee to reflect the most important work in biomedical and services research for ASD during the year - work that is critical to understanding the disorder and addressing the needs of people with ASD and their families.