Rutgers University School of Arts and Sciences Division of Life Sciences


New Jersey Language and Autism Study (NJLAGS)

The purpose of the NJLAGS study is to identify genes that are important for modulating the language abnormalities in individuals with autism.  We have recruited families from New Jersey who have a family member with autism and at least one additional family member with language impairment, with or without an autism spectrum disorder.  We have conducted extensive language assessment on all members of participating families and have identified a set of clinical features that appear to be highly inherited within these families.  We are currently conducting a genome-wide search for genes that influence these clinical features.