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The Autism Genetic Resource Exchange (AGRE) is one of the pioneers in autism research today. Since its inception in 1997, AGRE has fueled many of the breakthroughs in autism research. AGRE is the largest private, open-access repository of clinical and genetic information dedicated to help autism research. Used by researchers around the world, AGRE enables an unlimited number of scientists to join in the search for the factors that influence autism – discoveries that will lead us to more effective treatments, prevention, and possibly a cure for autism.
Currently, there are more than 150 research groups worldwide that are using the AGRE resource. AGRE samples have been cited in more than 165 science journals since the first publication in 2001.
Over 2,000 families have participated in AGRE throughout the nation. Still larger numbers of participants are needed to further accelerate discoveries in science. Although we are currently not recruiting any new families into the program due to resource limitations, we hope to resume recruitment in the future if additional funding is obtained. In the meantime, we will continue making our existing data and biomaterials available to researchers worldwide.