Australia establishes first autism biobank

DNABrisbane, Australia — Australia has just established its first-ever large scale autism biobank.

The country’s biggest autism biobank was established in hopes of helping researchers develop an earlier and more accurate diagnosis for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Cooperative Centre for Living with Autism Chairwoman Judy Brewer said they hope to lessen the time it takes for children with autism to be diagnosed through the help of the biobank.

The biobank will keep records of information collected from families of individuals with autism, including behavioral patterns of the patients, and biological information extracted from blood and DNA samples.

According to Brewer:

“It’s a very large national asset that we are developing to increase understanding of autism… It is the first Australian large scale Biobank – there have been smaller biobanks – but not to have public access or access to the research community to use in Australia and internationally.

The biobank will allow researchers to see details about individuals with autism from a macro perspective, making it easier for them to pinpoint on the things that the patients have in common, and allowing them to make better conclusions in the process. Ms. Brewer added:

“If we can break down that spectrum into understanding where on the spectrum some people sit … [and] what’s the best way they can learn [and how] they can achieve their full potential, that will mean we can target treatments a lot better.”

Source: Nance Haxton: ABC News Australia: Autism biobank established with aim to develop earlier, more accurate diagnosis

Click here for reuse options!
Copyright 2018 Autism Daily Newscast

Top Stories and Breaking News

Researchers hope to revolutionize autism diagnosis through Autism & Beyond app

New York — A team of researchers from Duke are hoping to revolutionize how autism is diagnosed in young children through an iPhone app called ‘Autism & Beyond’. The researchers are working closely with Apple in hopes of improving how autism is diagnosed in children today. Due to the surge of the number of children […]

The damage of Chlorine Dioxide also peddled as Miracle Mineral Solution

For those of you that do not know there’s a very real threat to our autistic children in the world today. Naive parents and carers are being told that parasitic worms are the cause of autism in their children. They are being told that if they remove these worms with CD (Chlorine Dioxide) treatments the […]

Blogging mother, Temporary Tourist, shares her experiences of Disney’s Guest Assistance rule change

We’ve had mixed responses on Disney’s decision to change the Guest Assistance Card system. We reported Autism Hippie’s experiences on October 11. Disney implemented a change in their guest assistance cards for children and adults with special needs on October 9 after reports that people were flagrantly abusing the old system. Cards called Disability Access […]