Autism and the Environment: Challenges and Opportunities for Research April 18-19, 2007
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) constitute a major public health problem, affecting one in every 150 children and their families. Unfortunately, there is little understanding of the causes of ASD, and, despite their broad societal impact, many people believe that the overall research program for autism is incomplete, particularly as it relates to the role of environmental factors. One reason for that may well be that there have been relatively few occasions that have brought together all the key stakeholders⎯scientists, clinicians, parents of autistic children, patient advocates, and major sponsors of autism-related research⎯to engage in a full discussion of autism causality and scientific research priorities.
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