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Research Director David Amaral and Assistant Professor Christine Wu Nordahl

Boys With Regressive Autism, But Not Early Onset Autism, Have Larger Brains Than Age-Matched Healthy Counterparts

In the largest study of brain development in preschoolers with autism to date, a study by UC Davis MIND Institute researchers has found that 3-year-old boys with regressive autism, but not early onset autism, have larger brains than their healthy counterparts. The study is published online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of […]

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Small, Preliminary Study Finds Abnormal Number Of Neurons In Brains Of Children With Autism

In a small, preliminary study that included 13 male children, those with autism had an average 67 percent more prefrontal brain neurons and larger than average brain weight, than children without autism, according to a study in the November 9 issue of JAMA. The study was carried out by Eric Courchesne, Ph.D., of the NIH-UCSD […]

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Wide Variation In Best-Estimate Clinical Diagnosis Of Autism Spectrum Disorders

In a study conducted at 12 university-based research sites, there was wide variation in how best-estimate clinical diagnoses within the autism spectrum were assigned to individual children, according to a study being published Online First by the Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. The research was carried out by Catherine Lord, Ph.D., […]

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Researchers Characterize Epigenetic Signatures Of Autism In Brain Tissue

Neurons in the prefrontal cortex of individuals with autism show changes at numerous sites across the genome, according to a study being published Online First by the Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. The study was carried out by Hennady P. Shulha, Ph.D., of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Mass., […]

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Researcher Laurent Mottron

Researcher Urges Scientists To Stop Emphasizing The Shortcomings Of People With Autism

We must stop considering the different brain structure of autistic individuals to be a deficiency, as research reveals that many autistic people – not just “savants” – have qualities and abilities that may exceed those of people who do not have the condition, according to a provocative article published today in Nature by Dr. Laurent […]

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Antidepressant Medication Linked To Developmental Brain Abnormalities And Autistic-Like Behaviors In Animal Study

A study by researchers at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) shows that rats given a popularly prescribed antidepressant during development exhibit brain abnormalities and behaviors characteristic of autism spectrum disorders. The findings suggest that taking a certain class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake […]

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