Primate Models of Children's Health and Developmental Disabilities

Edited by

  • Thomas Burbacher, Department of Environmental & Occupational Health, University of Washington, Seattle, U.S.A.
  • Kimberly Grant, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, University of Washington, Seattle, U.S.A.
  • Gene Sackett, Department of Psychology, University of Washington, Seattle, U.S.A.

The rate of neurodevelopmental disabilities, including autism, mental retardation, hearing loss and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is rising in the United States. Although estimates of the prevalence of these disorders vary, figures from the CDC indicate that 4% of all school age children are developmentally disabled. During infancy, many important milestones in behavioral development are shared between human and nonhuman primates. Learning more about the causes of abnormal development in monkeys has provided important insights into the mechanisms underlying neurodevelopmental disabilities in human infants. This book documents the latest research not commonly found in other references, and provides a comprehensive look at the results from decades of work with nonhuman primates as it relates to child development and disability.
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Researchers, clinicians, pediatricians and academicians studying neurodevelopmental disabilities who currently use or are planning on using primates for testing out potential drugs or procedures


Book information

  • Published: October 2007
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-373743-4

Table of Contents

Introduction on Animal Models Normal Development in MacaquesLow Birth Weight and PrematurityEnvironmental Complexity Environmental Chemicals Drugs of AbuseMaternal and Pediatric Medication Pediatric AIDSEndocrine DisruptersOrigin of Childhood PsychopathologiesPrenatal StressAbnormal BehaviorNeurochemistry Immunology Self-Injurious Behavior Sensory Disabilities Future Directions: Assisted Reproductive Technologies