Most of the autism research happening today is based in psychology and controlled behavioral sciences. At the International Center for Autism Research and Education (iCare4Autism) we want to expand research in autism to include studies in genetics.
All around the world genetics and autism are being more closely studied to find correlations between the two. By connecting autism to genetic markers we can further understand how these disorders work and develop more advanced diagnostics and treatment options.
ICare4Autism is devoting its resources to building an international center for research and education in Jerusalem. Our new autism research center will connect researchers around the world with the latest computing technology to combine our efforts in finding the link between autism and genetics.
The International Computer Analysis Program (ICAP) will unite researchers in an international collaboration of data and ideas to further genetics research in autism. Our Research Institute will focus on genetics and by connecting research groups from around the world our data set will expand and the analysis of that data will become more and more conclusive.
Current research into the genetics of autism includes the work being done by Dr. Brett Abrahams who studies genetic factors that influence the development of the brain. Another expert in the field, Dr. Hakon Hakonarson, has found that there are some gene alterations that modify shared pathways between ADHD and ASD which may lead to effective treatments for both conditions.
One of the speakers at ICare4Autism’s International Autism Conference, Dr. Eli Hatchwell, believes that the field of medicine needs to have a full understanding of the genetic variations. By understanding these variations rare variations can be isolated to determine the cause of many common diseases.
The research surrounding autism is continuing to grow as technology becomes more advanced. With the inception of a database that can allow for international collaboration, our understanding of the genetics behind ASDs will grow exponentially — leading to more accurate diagnostics and more effective treatment in the future.