The Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC), also know as the ‘Children of the 90s study’, have announced that they will be looking into the causes of autistic disorders. The ALSPAC study follows 14,000 children born between 1 April 1991 and 31 December 1992 and has so far led to the publication of 160 scientific papers.
The environmental research, led by Professor Jean Golding at the University of Bristol will investigate the association of ASD with immunisations, problems with delivery, maternal and infant infections, fetal exposure to toxins, and maternal diet. Whether other conditions, such as coeliac disease or digestive problems, play a role in the development of ASD will also be considered. The £400K study will be one of the largest investigations of environmental risk factors in ASD.