UAB granted $1.7 million for autism monitoring

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have given UAB a $1.7 million grant to expand their data collection to help better identify Alabama children with autism spectrum disorders.

The grants is part of the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network.  The ADDM provides comparable, population-based estimates on the number of 8-year-olds with autism spectrum disorders as well as other developmental disabilities.

"The Alabama Autism Surveillance Project is designed to use information from multiple sources, and this year UAB researchers will include school data in conjunction with clinical data collected since 2002," said Martha Wingate, Dr.PH., an assistant professor in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy and the lead investigator on the CDC grant.

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