Nine sets of researchers will split $100 million in grant money from the National Institutes of Health to research different aspects of autism.
The awards, spread out over the next five years, are part of the Autism Centers of Excellence research program. This year, the research will expand to look into children and adults who have limited or no speech, links between autism spectrum disorders and other genetic syndromes, potential treatments, and the reasons why these disorders are more common among boys than girls, said Alice Kau, Ph.D., of the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Branch at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. That's one of the five National Institutes of Health entities funding the Autism Centers of Excellence Program.
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