Autism Screening System Could Benefit Millions of Indian Children
[Source: Medical X-Press]
More than two million children in India could benefit from new research into a new low-cost ways to detect autism risk.
A group of researchers, led by Professor Bhismadev Chakrabarti at the University of Reading, have been awarded a £585,000 grant from the Medical Research Council UK to develop low cost, scalable tools to screen children in India for signs of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs).
The project will begin trials this year in communities around New Delhi.
Professor Chakrabarti, Professor of Neuroscience & Mental Health at the University of Reading, said:
“Autism can cause social isolation and a poorer quality of life for children and their families. Estimates from across the world suggest that around one percent of all children have an autism spectrum disorder. This means that countries such as India potentially have several million children with ASD, many of whom remain undiagnosed.
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