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Baby Sibs Research is Highlighted

Dr. Lonnie Zwaigenbaum Discusses Preliminary Findings
April 23, 2007

The High Risk Baby Siblings Autism Research Project is a multi-site project designed to identify behavioral and biological markers for autism and eventually enable clinicians to make a more definitive diagnosis earlier than ever before.

One of the investigators taking part in this partnership is Dr. Lonnie Zwaigenbaum, a developmental pediatrician with the Offord Centre and McMaster Children's Hospital. Dr. Zwaigenbaum's research was recently featured in the McMaster University Website.

Specific behaviors seen in infants can predict autism, new research shows

"Canadian researchers have become the first to pinpoint specific behavioral signs in infants as young as 12 months that can predict, with remarkable accuracy, whether a child will develop autism.

The preliminary findings, published this month in the International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience, were taken from an ongoing study of 200 Canadian infants, the largest study of its kind in the world. The infants, many of whom have been followed from birth to 24 months, are younger siblings of children who have been diagnosed with autism.

Studies show that families with one autistic child have a roughly five to10 percent chance of a second child being diagnosed with autism, a rate of recurrence about 50 times higher than the general population." Click here to read full article.

For additional information about the Baby Siblings Consortium CLICK HERE.