The GEMMA (Genome, Environment, Microbiome, and Metabolome in Autism) project aims to understand the many factors that contribute to the development of autism in children who have an autistic sibling.
What are the goals of the study?
The GEMMA project aims to understand how genes, the environment, gut bacteria, and the digestion of food may relate to the development of autism.
What will happen during the visit or online?
- Online surveys about food, health, and behavior,
- Behavioral assessments (on Zoom) every 6 months from ages 1 to 3,
- Periodic saliva, urine, stool, and blood samples (done at home/locally) until age 3,
- One time samples from one or both biological parents and from the sibling with ASD
How will this help families?
Your family will be contributing to research that aims to help improve the early diagnosis of autism, as well as understand the GI symptoms associated with autism. All infant participants will receive early developmental assessments from study psychologists.