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Future Directions: Setting Priorities to Guide the Federal Research Effort 

Future Directions: Setting Priorities to Guide the Federal Research Effort
Future Directions: Setting Priorities to Guide the Federal Research Effort

Thomas R. Insel

and Susan A. Daniels

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date: 15 July 2020

This chapter discusses the ways federal agencies participate in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) research. The Children's Health Act of 2000 established the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) to integrate the commitment of most of the involved agencies under the leadership of the Department of Health and Human Services. The IACC issued the first federal strategic plan for autism research in 2009 and an updated strategic plan in 2010. The 2010 IACC Strategic Plan for ASD Research is organized according to seven key consumer-based questions that are critically important to people with ASD and their families. The plan spans a broad range of topics in ASD biomedical and services-related research. The National Institutes of Health (NIH), the primary federal agency that conducts biomedical research on autism, has had a steadily rising autism research budget from 1997 to 2009. The NIH is currently conducting autism research through its extramural and intramural programs, and is providing critical research resources to the scientific community to foster autism research.

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