Autism Research

Genomic Technology Reveals Hundreds of Autism Gene Mutations

Source: 
Laboratory Equipment
Date Published: 
December 20, 2012
Abstract: 

ASF SAB member Dr. Joe Buxbaum on his new gene discoveries using high-throughput sequencing:
"By identifying the many genetic roots of this disorder, we can better understand its biology, which in turn will allow us to develop more tailored treatments for individuals. It is a transformative time for genetic research in autism."

Functional magnetic resonance imaging of autism spectrum disorders

Source: 
Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience
Date Published: 
December 10, 2012
Abstract: 

Dr. Gabriel Dichter presents a new review of fMRI research in ASD, noting common themes of atypical activation and functional connectivity in the brain.

FMRP Targets Distinct mRNA Sequence Elements to Regulate Protein Expression

Source: 
Nature
Date Published: 
December 12, 2012
Abstract: 

Researchers link Fragile X syndrome protein to 93 genes that have been implicated in ASD. Lead investigator says the findings may lead to more detailed genetic tests.

Can Autism Be Detected in Body Movement? Rutgers Pioneers New Study

Source: 
New Jersey Newsroom
Date Published: 
December 5, 2012
Abstract: 

A new method developed in the Rutgers Sensory Motor Integration Lab may reveal the typicality of a child's development. The technique measures slight fluctuations in body movement and compares them to motion patterns seen in typically developing individuals.

Traffic-Related Air Pollution, Particulate Matter, and Autism

Source: 
Archives of General Psychiatry (Now; JAMA Psychiatry)
Date Published: 
November 27, 2012
Abstract: 

Researchers uncover a connection between exposure to traffic-related pollutants and autism risk. Findings suggest children living in high pollution areas are three times more likely to have autism compared to those living in low pollution areas.

Multiplex Targeted Sequencing Identifies Recurrently Mutated Genes in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Source: 
Science
Date Published: 
November 15, 2012
Abstract: 

De novo mutations in six genes may contribute to 1% of simplex ASD cases.

NIH has Awarded $100 Million for the Autism Centers of Excellence Program

Source: 
National Institue of Health
Date Published: 
September 4, 2012
Abstract: 

NIH Announces Autism ACE Center and Network grant recipients. NIH has awarded $100 million for the Autism Centers of Excellence Program. Nine grantees will receive research funding over the next five years.