Aim of the project

This project aims to extend an earlier study at the ARC that identified elevated levels of the hormone androstenedione in people on the autistic spectrum. This hormone is one step before testosterone in the biochemical pathway and provides a strong clue for why brain development may differ and why autism may affect males more often than females (as males produce more of this hormone). 

Importance of research

This project will test if specific sex steroid hormones are associated with autistic spectrum conditions, which will help our understanding of the causes of autism and may lead to ways to earlier diagnose autism in children.

Scientists involved

Alexa Pohl

Key findings

Papers will be submitted to journals in Q1 2018