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Funding News - Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders

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The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) invites grant applications for research on autism and autism spectrum disorders.  This announcement is made together with 6 other components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Autism is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder with early childhood onset.  Autism spectrum disorders share a cluster of impairments in reciprocal social interaction and communication and/or the presence of stereotyped behavior, interests, and activities.  These complex disorders are usually lifelong, and affect multiple aspects of development, learning, and adaptation in the community.  The causes of these disorders are poorly understood, but are thought to include genetic, metabolic, immunologic, or infectious or other environmental influences.

For more information, potential applicants should contact Dr. Deborah Hirtz, Program Director, Clinical Trials Group, NINDS; telephone:  301-496-5821; e-mail:  For a more detailed description of this announcement, visit