Autism Speaks has announced it’s taking a leadership role in advancing research on gut-brain interactions as well as the treatment of the GI disorders that commonly affect individuals with autism. The organization is inviting applications for research grants of up to $500,000 per year for up to 3 years to support the highest standards of innovative science.
BETHESDA, MD (July 10, 2013) -- The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) was presented troubling data on the severity and pervasiveness of gastrointestinal disorders affecting children and adults with autism, coupled with a lack of awareness and response from the medical community.
New research adds to the evidence of a potential link between autism and sensitivities to gluten, a protein found in certain grains such as wheat. The researchers found that elevated antibodies to gluten were more common among children with autism than in others. In addition, the elevated antibody levels corresponded to GI symptoms such as pain and constipation.