Washington, DC (November 19, 2009) -- In response to the alarming growth in autism diagnoses, Congress passed the Combating Autism Act of 2006 (P.L. 109-416), which established the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) to coordinate all efforts within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that are related to ASD.
In addition to several other key responsibilities, the Combating Autism Act requires that the IACC prepare an annual summary of advances in autism research. The 2008 IACC Summary of Advances has been released and highlights 37 significant studies on autism spectrum disorder selected by members of the IACC, including many funded by Autism Speaks. A bulleted overview of the major findings in 2008 is followed by a more detailed description of the scientific breakthroughs in each category. Information about funding sources and journal impact factor scores can be found in a table at the end of the document.
View the 2008 IACC Summary of Advances here.