Piloting Very Electrophysiologic Markers for ASD and Related Disorders in Premature and Low Birthweight InfantsShort Title
Identifying children with ASD at the earliest age possible and providing effective treatment is needed to improve the lives of those affected by the disorder. Since ASD is a set of behavior features that appear after brain changes, scientists must look for biomarkers that can identify risk before the behavioral symptoms emerge. We have exciting research findings to suggest that the use of simple brain function measures might be the answer. Our proposed project will use the latest technology of EEG to monitor changes in brain function over time in preterm and low birth weight infants followed in a developmental clinic at our hospital. We will use sophisticated analytic measures to determine which features can identify risk for ASD and related disorders. This would be an important step in improving screening and diagnosis for ASD. Once reliable biomarkers are identified, scientists can then look at how to prevent the disorder and how to improve treatments for those affected. This project has the potential to make a direct clinical impact for those affected by the disorder.