Scientists reveal efforts to create transgenic monkey models of autism. Compared to mice and rats, these animals are more genetically similar to humans, and display more complex social and communicative behaviors.
Unpublished data presented at the 2012 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting show at least 30 genes show altered expression in brain tissue of people with autism. The ongoing study aims to include more samples than previous postmortem studies, and includes samples lost in Harvard’s freezer malfunction.
Study finds that together, a large number of inherited, common genetic variations “of very small effect” can increase risk for autism. Suggests risk of inherited ASD is approximately 40% in simplex families and 60% in multiplex families.
In this new review of intervention studies targeting social impairment in autism, authors encourage researchers to design new studies that: evaluate ingredients of effective interventions (e.g., required dose for therapeutic effect); include better outcome measures that can show that meaningful improvements have happened (e.g., spontaneous social initiations; sustained interactions); and include underserved and underrepresented participant groups, such as children with comorbidities, non-English speaking children, and minimally verbal children.
Submitted by TConnolly on October 11, 2012 - 16:11
Dec 6 2012
Dec 6 2012
October 11, 2012
Los Angeles, CA
Science & Sandwiches at UCLA Featuring Dr. Connie Kasari
In this unique event, Dr. Connie Kasari, Professor of Psychological Studies in Education and Psychiatry at UCLA and founding member of the Center for Autism Research and Treatment, will discuss social needs of children with autism and outreach to underserved populations.
She will address questions such as: What does the evidence show about the social needs of children with autism? What are the most effective strategies for meeting those social needs, both in educational settings and in home settings? Are there, for example, specific strategies that can be employed during play dates or recess or outside of formal clinic settings?
Why is there such a difference in autism diagnosis rates in different populations? What services are lacking in underserved populations? How can better-served communities contribute to improving the services in underserved communities? Are there service models that are more effective in different communities?
UCLA Semel Institute Room C8-639
760 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90024
December 6, 12:30 - 1:30 PST
As this is a Science and Sandwiches event, attendees will be treated to sandwiches, chips, drinks and a cookie. Tickets are FREE.