Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) affect around 1 % of the population and are characterised by difficulties in social interactions and communication as well as repetitive behaviours. The precise symptoms and their severity vary widely from one person to another; some are only mildly afflicted and can lead relatively independent lives, while others are severely disabled and require a lot of specialist care. People with ASD often have other conditions, including epilepsy, depression, anxiety and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Today, there are no drugs designed specifically to treat ASD; instead, those affected are treated with medicines designed for other conditions.
AIMS-2-TRIALS aims to improve outcomes for people with ASD. To do this it will create a pipeline for developing, testing and implementing new treatments for ASD with stakeholder involvement at each stage. The project will set up a global clinical trial network for ASD to validate biological markers and endpoints to reliably show whether or not a treatment is effective and appropriate for ASD.
The project brings together experts from universities, university hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, patient groups, not-for-profit foundations, and small and medium-sized enterprises.