Student Research: Sarah Armel

, Environmental Toxicology (Tox), 2009
Faculty Advisor: James S. Woods

Urinary Porphyrin Excretion in Normal and Autistic Children


The principal objective of this project was to determine if children with autism have an altered urinary porphyrin excretion pattern compared with that observed in age-matched neurotypical controls. Additional objectives were to establish normative urinary porphyrin concentrations for neurotypical children between ages 2 and 12 years and to confirm or refute reports from other laboratories that children with autism display a unique porphyrin excretion pattern comparable to that previously shown to be associated with occupational mercury exposure in adults.