Autism Research

Mutations in BCKD-kinase Lead to a Potentially Treatable Form of Autism with Epilepsy

Source: 
Science
Date Published: 
October 19, 2012
Abstract: 

A research team led by Gaia Novarino of the University of California, San Diego, has identified genetic mutations which cause a form of autism that could potentially be treated with dietary supplements.

Respite Care, Marital Quality, and Stress in Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Source: 
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Date Published: 
March 2013
Abstract: 

In a new study looking at parents of children with ASD, researchers found that parents were less stressed and had improved marital quality with each hour of respite care received.

Frequency and Pattern of Documented Diagnostic Features and the Age of Autism Identification

Source: 
Journal of the American Academy of Child & Pediatric Psychiatry
Date Published: 
February 6, 2013
Abstract: 

The age at which a child with autism is diagnosed is related to the particular suite of behavioral symptoms he or she exhibits, according to this study led by an ASF Grantee. Certain diagnostic features, including poor nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors, were associated with earlier identification of an autism spectrum disorder. Displaying more behavioral features was also associated with earlier diagnosis.

For more information about this study, read the guest blog from the lead author here: http://autismsciencefoundation.wordpress.com/2013/04/09/identifying-asd-...

Zumba Mania

Apr 6 2013
America/New York
Start Date: 
April 6, 2013
Location: 
Mamaroneck, NY

On April 6, 2013,  super instructor Gustavo Lopez of Dance2BFit of Mamaroneck, NY lead adults and children of all ages and fitness levels in a three hour zumba marathon that resulted in over 100 zumba-ers coming together to raise over $2000 for autism research!


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De Novo Mutations in Human Genetic Disease

Source: 
Nature Reviews: Genetics
Date Published: 
July 18, 2012
Abstract: 

The influence of genetic mutations on the burden of any genetic disease can usefully be determined using family-based whole-genome or whole-exome sequencing approaches.

An Incidence Study of Diagnosed Autism-Spectrum Disorders Among Immigrants to the Netherlands

Source: 
Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavia
Date Published: 
Dec 9, 2012
Abstract: 

This study looks at the incidence of autism-spectrum disorder (ASD) in children born to Scandinavian immigrants as well as the incidence of ASD in children born to native Dutch parents.

Live Chat with Dr. Simon Baron-Cohen

Source: 
ASF
Date Published: 
April 5, 2013
Abstract: 

Did you miss the live chat? Read the transcript here.

Global Increases in Both Common and Rare Copy Number Load Associated with Autism

Source: 
Human Molecular Genetics
Date Published: 
March 27, 2013
Abstract: 

Penn State researchers link autism to increased genetic change in "hotspots", regions of the genome that are highly susceptible to mutation.

White House Announces New Brain Research Initiative

Date Published: 
April 2, 2013
Abstract: 

ASF President Alison Singer joined President Obama for the official public announcement of the BRAIN Initiative.

Increasing Exposure to Antibody-Stimulating Proteins and Polysaccharides in Vaccines Is Not Associated with Risk of Autism

Source: 
Journal of Pediatrics
Date Published: 
March 6, 2013
Abstract: 

This CDC study casts further doubt on the link between autism and vaccines. The study found no connection between the number of vaccines received and autism risk.