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UIC to Study Medication for Autism Spectrum Disorders

An experimental drug to treat social withdrawal in children and young adults with autism is being studied in a clinical trial at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Institute for Juvenile Research.

Children with autism — or autism spectrum disorders — often have difficulty communicating and interacting with others. Although behavioral and psychological interventions are often beneficial, currently there is no medication to address social communication difficulties, a core symptom of ASD.

A drug treatment is needed that would address symptoms that are “often disabling for patients and families,” says Dr. Edwin Cook, professor of psychiatry and director of autism and genetics at UIC.

UIC is the only study site in Illinois and one of 25 sites nationwide. The study is sponsored by Seaside Therapeutics, Inc.

The clinical trial will enroll approximately 150 patients diagnosed with autism spectrum disordersbetween ages 5 and 21 to evaluate the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of STX209 (arbaclofen).

Participants in the 22-week study will be randomized to receive either the study drug, STX209, or a placebo. The clinical trial will include screening, treatment, withdrawal of medication, and a follow-up period. Subjects who complete the study may be eligible to enroll in a subsequent open-label study in which all subjects are treated with STX209.

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