About Our Program - Overview

The UC Davis Center for Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention (CCEH) brings together a team of multidisciplinary researchers, working in partnership with the community to identify and understand the environmental, immunologic, and genetic risks contributing to the incidence and severity of childhood autism so that targeted interventions can be developed to improve outcomes for at-risk children and their families.

Autism spectrum disorders continue to increase at an alarming rate, and while better awareness and improved detection for the disorder may be contributing factors to this rise, studies suggest that there is indeed a true increase in the incidence of autism.  Although autism may be one of the most heritable complex disorders, current research suggests that interactions among multiple genes, epigenetic factors and environmental exposures may contribute significantly to variation in the expression of autism and autism-related traits.