Sydney Pettygrove, Ph.D., is one of the authors of a paper named to the list of the top scientific advances in autism spectrum disorder research for 2010. Dr. Pettygrove is an assistant professor in the epidemiology and biostatistics division of the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona.
The report is titled "Changes in autism spectrum disorder prevalence in 4 areas of the United States," and was first published in the July 2010 issue of Disability and Health Journal.
As part of the Combating Autism Act of 2006, the members of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee are required to develop an annual “Summary of Advances” to describe each year’s top scientific advances in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) research. These advances represent significant progress in the early diagnosis of ASD, understanding the complex biology of the disorder, and identifying potential risk factors. They may also relate to work identifying effective treatments and services and studies of the national prevalence of ASD and necessary research infrastructure.
The Summary of Advances provides short, plain language synopses of the top twenty research breakthroughs selected by the committee from a pool of 64 peer-reviewed articles nominated by the members.
Articles Selected for the 2010 Summary of Advances
Question 7: Infrastructure - What Other Infrastructure and Surveillance Needs Must Be Met?
Changes in autism spectrum disorder prevalence in 4 areas of the United States
Rice C, Nicholas J, Baio J, Pettygrove S, Lee LC, Van Naarden Braun K, Doernberg N, Cunniff C, Newschaffer C, Meaney FJ, Charles J, Washington A, King L, Kolotos M, Mancilla K, Ervis CA, Carpenter L, Yeargin-Allsopp M. Disability and Health Journal. July 2010; Volume 3, Issue 3, Pages 186-201.
Note: Four of the authors are from the University of Arizona
- Sydney Pettygrove, Ph.D., University of Arizona, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
- Chris Cunniff, M.D., University of Arizona Department of Pediatrics
- F. John Meaney, Ph.D., University of Arizona Department of Pediatrics
- Kristen Mancilla, B.A., University of Arizona Department of Pediatrics