Currently, diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is based on psychological and behavioral evaluations.These tests:
- can not be performed on infants and very young children
- require social and language skills
- require child cooperation
- are time-consuming and prohibitively expensive.
ResearchCell-El is working to identify blood-borne, ASD-specific diagnostic markers. Our preliminary analyses of a broad panel of bio-markers have identified markers discriminating between typically developed (TD) children and children with ASD. Based on these findings, a diagnostic tool and a promising targeted biological treatment are being developed. Cell-El’s innovative diagnostic research is developing a targeted curative approach for ASD.
Read more about our scientific method and published research:
- Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) – Searching for the Biological Basis for Behavioral Symptoms and New Therapeutic Targets, Frontiers in Neuroscience and Frontiers in Pediatrics
- Immunological and Autoimmune Considerations of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Journal of Autoimmunity
- Therapeutic Properties of Mesenchymal Stem Cells for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Medical Hypotheses
Make a DifferenceBy having your child or patient participate in Cell-El’s diagnostic research, you can make a difference to the future therapies available for ASD.
- Fill out the appropriate form under Join the Team
- A phone screening with Leah (approximately 5 minutes)
- A simple blood test where 5 cc of blood will be drawn
- Filling out a family medical history questionnaire (about 20 minutes)
- Male and female children
- age 2-12
- Diagnosed autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)-IV (299.00) or DSM-V (299.00).
- Informed consent signed by the parents
- All children that have been treated with systemic steroids or have undergone immune suppression treatment over the last 6 months.
- All children diagnosed with severe infectious diseases or sepsis over the last 6 months.
- All children diagnosed with mild infectious diseases (including common cold, ear infection, etc.) over the last month
- Children with ASD treated for a severe convulsive disorder.
- Children with hematological or malignant disorders.