Study to Explore Early Development (SEED)
SEED: Enrolling Families for Phase 3 in Early 2017
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The Wendy Klag Center for Autism & Developmental Disabilities is proud to be one of six U.S. sites for the Study to Explore Early Development, a research project funded by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to find the causes of autism that may be related to genetic and environmental risk factors.
In Maryland, SEED began recruiting families in 2008, enrolling mothers and their children ages 2 to 5. Nearly 600 Maryland families took part in that first phase of SEED. Progress continued in SEED II, which started in spring 2012 and ended enrollment in November 2015. We again will participate in another round of SEED, called SEED 3, which we anticipate will begin enrollment in spring 2017. Select families will be invited through our recruitment partners and will have the option of responding online at this site, sending in a postage-paid response card, emailing us at WKC@jhu.edu or texting us. Please note that email and text communication is not encrypted by default.
Our center would like to thank the hundreds of families and children who have generously volunteered for SEED I and II. We also would like to thank our partners in the study: the Kennedy Krieger Institute, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Maryland State Department of Education, all of whom have made SEED successful! The first paper, about how the SEED study was conducted, was published in March 2012. More results will be published in coming months and years.
As in SEED II, some families in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Cecil, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George's counties who have a child ages 2 to 5 will receive a mailed invitation to take part.
Read more about this national research study here
To learn more, visit www.cdc.gov/seed
Read newsletters from SEED:
- Summer 2009
- Summer 2010
- Winter 2010
- Summer 2011
- Winter 2011
- Summer 2012
- Winter 2012
- Summer 2013
- Winter 2013
- Summer 2014
- Winter 2014
- Spring 2015
- Winter 2015
Facts about the SEED Study
- What is SEED?
- What Will Your Family Gain From Taking Part in SEED?
- What Will You Be Asked to Do?
- Who can be part of SEED?
SEED stands for Study to Explore Early Development. The study will look at possible causes and risks for developmental delays and autism spectrum disorders (ASDS).
For SEED 3, centers from six states are taking part in the study: Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, and Wisconsin. Maryland SEED is being done by the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Kennedy Krieger Institute.
SEED is a research study with the goals of learning:
- What causes developmental delays in children.
- What causes ASDs.
- What are the common traits among children with ASDs.
- How genes and the environment affect child development.
Children 2 through 5 years old will be asked to take part in the study. Included will be families of:
- Children with ASDs.
- Children with other developmental disabilities.
- Children without developmental disabilities.
It is important for all invited families to take part so we can learn more about differences in child development. Your participation will help us look for genes and other factors that might be related to autism and developmental delays.
- For some families: A free developmental evaluation for your child.
- For some families: A summary of your child's evaluation results.
- Incentives to thank you for your family's participation in the study.
- Expert information on child development.
- Answer questions about your child's development and your family's medical history.
- For some families: Go to a brief medical examination and developmental testing with your child.
- For some families: Give small samples of blood and cheek cells from you and your child.
Any information you give to SEED will be kept strictly private. It will never be shared with anyone else. Only study staff and you will be able to look at your information.
We will send invitation packets to certain families of children who were:
- Born from January 1, 2014, through December 31, 2017.
- Born in and still living in the following Maryland counties: Baltimore City, Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Carroll, Cecil, Harford, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George's counties.
Who is Participating
Researchers in Maryland, Colorado, Georgia, Missouri, North Carolina, and Wisconsin.