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Study led by Maureen Durkin recognized as one of the most important new Advances in Autism Research

A multi-institution study of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) led by Population Health Sciences Department Chair Maureen Durkin has been selected as one of the top advances in 2017 ASD research by the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC), a Federal advisory committee created by Congress to accelerate progress in ASD research and services.

The study, which aimed to determine whether socioeconomic status disparities account for ongoing racial and ethnic disparities in ASD prevalence, found that children living in low income neighborhoods where fewer adults have bachelor’s degrees are less likely to be diagnosed with ASD, compared to those from more affluent neighborhoods.
The full study report Autism Spectrum Disorder Among US Children (2002–2010): Socioeconomic, Racial, and Ethnic Disparities can be accessed here: https://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/abs/10.2105/AJPH.2017.304032

The IACC’s Summary of Advances in Autism Spectrum Disorder Research is an annual list providing lay-friendly synopses of studies documenting the 20 most significant findings made in the field. The 2017 Summary (https://iacc.hhs.gov/publications/summary-of-advances/2017/) aimed to answer the 7 question areas of the 2016-2017 IACC Strategic Plan for ASD https://iacc.hhs.gov/publications/strategic-plan/2017/

Link to the IACC’s main website: https://iacc.hhs.gov/