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CHARGE

March 1, 2003 - March 30, 2025

What are the goals of the study?

The CHARGE (CHildhood Autism Risks from the Genetics and the Environment) Study aims to investigate the role of genetics and the environment on the development of children. Launched in 2003 , the CHARGE Study was the first comprehensive study of environmental causes and risk factors for autism and developmental delays. Investigators recognize that there is no single factor accounts for all autism cases, nor is there one event or exposure that can be responsible for the rapid increase in diagnoses over the last few decades. Instead, each child’s path to altered brain development may be different.

What will happen during the visit or online?

Children will complete an EEG recording and complete behavioral assessments. Parents will fill out questionnaire forms. A visit to the UC Davis MIND Institute with your child for developmental testing and a medical exam. Urine, blood, and other samples from your child and immediate family members. Responses to questions about your health, your child’s health and your home environment during the pregnancy and early years of your child’s life. Permission to obtain and review medical records. Permission for study staff to obtain banked blood samples collected when your child was born.

How will this help families?

You will be provided with results of your child’s developmental and behavioral testing.
You may find satisfaction in contributing to research on the causes of Autism and other developmental disabilities.
You will receive information and resources on ways to create a healthy environment for children.

Eligibility Criteria
  • Between 24 to 60 months
  • Born in California
  • Living with a biological parent who speaks English or Spanish
  • Living within about 1.5 hours drive to the UC Davis MIND Institute in Sacramento, CA
Contact Information

(530) 424-2743

Research Study Website
UC Davis MIND Institute

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