Objective Test For Autism Remains Elusive, But Researchers May Have Made a Breakthrough
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental condition that affects countless people throughout the world. Despite this, the exact causes of the condition remain a mystery, and an objective test for diagnosing autism has yet to be developed. Dr. Georgina Lynch, an assistant professor at Washington State University, believes the tools used to evaluate autism are too limited, focusing on traits like sociability that can be perceived subjectively healthcare providers. To bring an objective autism test to the market, Lynch co-founded Appiture Biotechnologies, a Washington-based healthcare data analytics company. While working as a speech pathologist Spokane, Washington’s Central Valley School District, Lynch observed what she believed to be a visible indicator of autism in children: pupils that were dilated, even in bright light. Investigating further, Lynch found that the pupillary light reflex in people with autism differs from people without autism.
According to a report by Geekwire.com, Lynch believes her approach will serve as an addition to current behavioral assessments, rather than a replacement. Lynch co-founded Appiture in 2019, in partnership with Lars Neuenschwander, an entrepreneur and research assistant at Washington State University. While the two initially hoped to provide their autism testing through a handheld device, they instead opted to develop a “unique device” that might involved 3D printers. According to Geekwire, they expect a development period of three years, including FDA Level One device approval and clinical testing. Source: https://www.geekwire.com/2020/eye-autism-inside-quest-develop-objective-test-disorder-impacts-millions/