Advanced Genomics Research Could Improve Autism Spectrum Disorder Treatment
Apr 2, 2019 | Canadore College
(NORTH BAY, ONT.) – Research led by Canadore College and The DNA Company may provide individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families with new opportunities for treatment and support.
According to the National Autism Spectrum Disorder Surveillance System (NASS), 1 in 66 Canadian children and youth (ages 5-17) are diagnosed with ASD, which makes it one of the most common developmental disabilities.
“With the growing prevalence of ASD in our country, it is absolutely critical that we take a refreshed look at how we approach its study,” said Dr. Mansoor Mohammed, President
According to Mohammed, ASD primarily impacts brain development, which results in affected
This strong mutual association provides the basis for exploring the etiology of ASD through functional genomics. It is believed that inflammation that occurs during key early stages of brain development is one of the most likely reasons for an individual to present with ASD. Early research indicates that dysbiosis, or an unhealthy balance of microorganisms within the gut, is one of the causes of neural inflammation. According to multiple independent studies, toxins, chemicals
“We know that the body’s capacity to cleanse from these toxins and chemicals is unique to each individual and we are committed to furthering research with Canadore College to determine the effects that personalized medicine and supplements can have on the detoxification process,” said Mohammed.
Last month, Canadore College and The DNA Company announced that they were creating an innovative genomics laboratory to be equipped with some of the most leading-edge technology available in Canada.
The construction on the first phase of the research genomics lab is expected to be complete by June 2019.
“It is clear that the status quo for spending on research, treatment
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