What is GEMMA*?
GEMMA* is a consortium of international researchers who have been awarded €14.2M of research funding from the EU. We will conduct ground-breaking research that will for the first time follow children who are at risk of developing autism from 6 months of age. This research may lead to earlier diagnosis than is currently possible and help us understand why some children develop autism and others do not.
Currently, there is on average of an 18-month waiting list to receive an autism assessment in Ireland. If you choose to participate in our study, we will monitor your child’s development and will administer an autism assessment every six months. If your child develops autism, you will receive a diagnosis as early as possible which will allow you to access early intervention. If your child doesn’t develop autism, you will have access to this information at the earliest possible age.
Children with autism commonly experience gastrointestinal problems such as chronic constipation, persistent diarrhea, bloating, abdominal pain and discomfort, nausea, reflux and vomiting. GEMMA will study the relationship between autism and gastrointestinal symptoms. We aim to decrease these symptoms and increase the quality of life of children and families.
Who can join?
GEMMA will follow 600 infants in Ireland, Italy and the US at risk of developing autism. We are particularly interested in hearing from families if:
· You have a child with autism
· You have another child 6 months or under
· You are pregnant or planning a baby
How to get involved
If you would like to participate in GEMMA or you would like more information, please click ‘Contact Us’ and we will be in contact.
*Genome, Environment, Microbiome and Metabolome in Autism