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Autism Research Resource

Jeanne Beck jbeck at umdnj.edu
Fri Dec 8 18:31:20 EST 2000


A genetic resource of DNA samples to support the study of autism in
families where more than one child is affected or where one child is
affected and one demonstrates another significant and related developmental
disorder has been built at the Coriell Institute for Medical Research in
collaboration with the clinical services at the University of Medicine and
Dentistry Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.  An open bank of anonymously
collected materials documented by a detailed clinical diagnosis forms the
basis of this growing database of information about the disease.  Three
criteria were used to assess the autistic phenotype. These include the ADI
(Autism Diagnostic Interview), the ADOS (Autism Diagnostic Observational
Schedule-Generic), and the DSM IV Diagnostic Criteria for 299.00 Autistic
Disorder.  All clinical interviews were conducted face-to-face.  For each
donor subject tested, a representative Autistic Diagnostic Criteria Score
Sheet used to collect data is provided.  Currently, the resource contains
20 families in which 41 individuals have been examined.  Thirty-three of
these individuals have a diagnosis of autistic disorder by two or more
criteria; 28 of these satisfy all three criteria.  There are 20 affected
sib pairs with a diagnosis of autistic disorder by two or more criteria; 9
of these pairs meet the criteria for autistic disorder by all three
criteria.  Further information about this resource, including information
on ordering, can be found at http://locus.umdnj.edu/autism or by contact
with the Coriell Cell Repositories.
	Coriell Cell Repositories
	Coriell Institute for Medical Research
	401 Haddon Avenue
	Camden, NJ 08103
	Telephone:	(800) 752-3805 in the United States
			(609) 757-4848 from other countries
	FAX: 		(609) 757-9737
	e-mail:	ccr at arginine.umdnj.edu

Jeanne C. Beck, Ph.D.
Deputy Director
Coriell Cell Repositories
401 Haddon Avenue
Camden, New Jersey 08103
Voice:	856-757-4847
Fax:	856-757-9737
e-mail:	jbeck at umdnj.edu


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