CADDRECenter for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Research and Epidemiology (California)
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According to Newschaffer, the CADDRE sites will use a case cohort design in which the exposure patterns of the ASD cases are compared to a random sample of children living in the same geographic area.
CADDRE will collect and archive blood, cheek cell, and hair samples from the children in order to investigate a broad range of potential risk factors.
CADDRE scientists will also characterize the behavior of the children, as well as describe any comorbid medical conditions and atypical physical features.