Over the past decade there have been considerable advances in the understanding of autism, however the exact causes of autism remain unknown. It is becoming increasingly apparent that combinations of genes and environmental factors are involved.
Although there are many similarities in the symptoms of autism, children with autism can be very different from one another. Some children with autism are high functioning with language and intelligence intact. Others may be nonverbal and/or intellectually disabled. By observing the similarities and differences among children with autism, we will gain a better understanding of the many underlying causes.
The aim of the Australian Autism Biobank is to collect detailed information on children diagnosed with ASD in Australia, by creating the largest repository of biological/behavioural data and potentially one of the largest ASD biobanks in the world. This project is being conducted over four states within Australia; New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia.
The Australian Autism Biobank is likely to contribute to important discoveries in national and international autism research.
Funding for this study is provided by the Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism Spectrum Disorders (Autism CRC).
Who can participate?
Any child diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder between the ages of 2-17yrs.
Who is running the study?
Led by Prof Andrew Whitehouse (WA), Prof Cheryl Dissanayake (Vic), Prof Valsamma Eapen (NSW) and Dr Helen Heussler (Qld)
Currently running in WA, Qld, NSW and Victoria
How can I get involved?
Contact the Study Coordinator Dominique Cleary via email, or call (08) 9489 7721