NIH and Autism
What Is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is characterized by:
Persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across multiple contexts;
Restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities;
Symptoms must be present in the early developmental period (typically recognized in the first two years of life); and,
Symptoms cause clinically significant impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of current functioning.
NIH Autism Research Activities
NIH-sponsored research on autism spectrum disorders covers domains including interventions, diagnosis, genetics, neurobiology, and services. In addition to individual grants for research projects, NIH sponsors training, small grants, career support, and program projects that involve autism research. NIH has also developed several networks of autism research centers.
for a summary of ongoing research and activities across the NIH.