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The New Jersey Language and Autism Genetics Study is focused on understanding how genes influence the development of autism. Linda Brzustowicz, M.D. of the Human Genetics Institute of Rutgers University and her research team are exploring the genetic components of autism with a special interest in language. Previously funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) and now by the generous support of the New Jersey Governor's Council for Medical Research and Treatment of Autism, we  continue trying to unravel the many genetic complexities associated with ASDs. Our professional team is comprised of geneticists, psychiatrists, developmental pediatricians, psychologists, speech-language pathologists, and research technicians.

Our Specific Aims include combining the analysis of behavioral and genetic biomarkers to develop more accurate models for the prediction of risk for autism spectrum disorders. We are doing this by:

  • Developing a set of behavioral biomarkers of genetic risk of autism and related disorders with a concentrated interest in behavioral biomarkers for language
  • Validating behavioral biomarkers using quantitative and dichotomous behavioral biomarker data to elucidate the genetic architecture of risk,
  • Identifying genetic biomarkers including specific DNA variations associated with genetic risk for autism, the testing of both common and rare variants from candidate genes within specific regions, and evaluating additional variants from the research literature as potential factors modulating a network of risk-determining genes.

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and Autism Genetics Study
145 Bevier Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854

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