UW and Seattle Children’s Autism Center compiling data in SPARK largest autism research study – VIDEO

SEATTLE — The Seattle Children’s Autism Center and the University of Washington are joining nearly 20 institutions across the country to compile data to accelerate autism research, speed discovery of treatments and advance the general understanding of the disorder in the largest-ever autism research study in the U.S.

“When we work to identify genes that cause autism, we need a huge number of individuals diagnosed with autism because each genetic event that leads to autism is rare,” Dr. Raphael Bernier, a researcher and clinical director of Seattle Children’s Autism Center, said in a statement. “This large registry allows us to identify genetic trends. Once we know which genes to focus on, we can look at more individualized treatments for the future.”

The new study, called SPARK, will collect genetic samples from about 50,000 families, which will help scientists get a deeper insight into the genetic changes that contribute to autism.

Read more at the Puget Sound Business Journal

Video courtesy of Seattle Children’s Autism Center

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