Dr. Ted Brodkin Uses Mouse Models to Study Autism's Social Deficits

Date Published: 
October 20, 2011
Year Published: 
2011
Abstract: 

Dr. Edward Brodkin of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Center for Autism Research (CAR) is using mice models to study the sociability of children with autism....

Dr. Edward Brodkin of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Center for Autism Research (CAR) is using mice models to study the sociability of children with autism. While mice sniff to exhibit sociabliity and humans rely on visual and auditory cues, Dr. Brodkin explains that there are significant commonalities between how both species' brains process that information. Dr. Brodkin is particularly focused on aggressive behavior, and explains how mapping the mouse genome can help find genes variants that can shape behavior. Dr. Brodkin also explains how his work with mice will develop new treatments for autism and improve upon existing treatments.