Center for Children's Environmental Health

Project 3 - Models of Neurodevelopmental Susceptibility

Project 3:  Neurodevelopmental Toxicology of Autism


This project takes a closer look at how immune system function and early exposure to environmental toxins interact in a developing organism.

The overall goal of this project is to determine if early life exposures to environmental chemicals contributes to the onset and/or development of neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism in children.  Researchers are also looking to determine whether individual susceptibility increases the risk for developmental problems.

Project Leaders: Isaac N. Pessah, Ph.D., Robert Berman, Ph.D., Mari Golub, Ph.D., Judith Van de Water, Ph.D.