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ASF holds annual Grant Review Meeting

Source: 
Autism Science Foundation
Date Published: 
February 17, 2012
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On February 16th, the Autism Science Foundatiow held its meeting to review Pre- and Postdoctoral Grant Applications. 83 applications were considered this year, a giant increase over the 36 applications considered in 2011.

Dr. Matt State of Yale University was the meeting's chair. Other reviewers included:

Dr. Joseph Buxbaum, Seaver Autism Center at The Mt. Sinai School of Medicine
Dr. Eric Courchesne, UCSD
Dr. Sharon Humiston, University of Missouri
Dr. Bryan King, University of Washington
Dr. Eric London, New York Institute for Basic Research
Dr. Cathy Lord, Columbia University
Dr. David Mandell, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Kevin Pelphrey, Yale University
Dr. Craig Powell, UT-Southwestern
Dr. Celine Saulnier, Emory University
Dr. Elena Tenenbaum, Brown University
Dr. Sara Jane Webb, University of Washington

Grant recipients will be announced in March.

Minority Toddlers With Autism May Be More Delayed Than Affected Caucasian Peers

Source: 
Medical News Today
Date Published: 
February 23, 2012
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The first prospective study of ethnic differences in the symptoms of autism in toddlers shows that children from a minority background have more delayed language, communication and gross motor skills than Caucasian children with the disorder. Researchers at the Kennedy Krieger Institute concluded that subtle developmental delays may be going unaddressed in minority toddlers until more severe symptoms develop.

ASF Grantee Rhonda Charles uses mouse models to examine social behaviors in autism

Date Published: 
February 22, 2012
Year Published: 
2012
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Rhonda Charles is a 2010 ASF Grant Winner and a PhD Student in the Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. Ms. Charles' work focuses on the AVPR1A gene, which affects social behavior and anxiety in autism spectrum disorder. Her ASF- funded study puts the human AVPR1A gene into a mouse model, a key step that must occur before we can introduce pharmacological treatments for individuals with autism affected by AVPR1A gene mutations.

New Autism Research Reveals Brain Differences at 6 Months in Infants Who Develop Autism

Source: 
Center for Autism Research at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
Date Published: 
February 17, 2012
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A new study from the Infant Brain Imaging Network, which includes researchers at the Center for Autism Research at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), found significant differences in brain development starting at age 6 months in high-risk infants who later develop autism, compared to high-risk infants who did not develop autism.

Synaptic Mutations Increase The Risk Of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Source: 
Medical News Today
Date Published: 
February 13, 2012
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A new study published in PLoS Genetics uses a combination of genetic and neurobiological approaches to confirm that synaptic mutations increase the risk of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and underlines the effect for modifier genes in these disorders.

Both Maternal and Paternal Age Linked to Autism

Source: 
Science Daily
Date Published: 
February 10, 2012
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Older maternal and paternal age are jointly associated with having a child with autism, according to a recently published study led by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

Mental Illness Suspect Genes Found To Be Among The Most Environmentally Responsive By NIH Study

Source: 
Medical News Today
Date Published: 
February 6, 2012
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For the first time, scientists have tracked the activity, across the lifespan, of an environmentally responsive regulatory mechanism that turns genes on and off in the brain's executive hub.

New Research Might Help Explain How a Gene Mutation Found in some Autistic Individuals Leads to Difficulties in Processing Auditory Cues and Paying Spatial Attention to Sound.

Source: 
Science Daily
Date Published: 
February 2, 2012
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New research from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) might help explain how a gene mutation found in some autistic individuals leads to difficulties in processing auditory cues and paying spatial attention to sound.

Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor: Finding May Have Implications for Rett Syndrome, Other Neurological Disorders

Source: 
Science Daily
Date Published: 
January 27, 2012
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Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University have discovered that a molecule critical to the development and plasticity of nerve cells -- brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) -- is severely lacking in brainstem neurons in mutations leading to Rett syndrome, a neurological developmental disorder.

New Report Examines Autism Needs for Patients and Families in Pennsylvania

Source: 
Health News
Date Published: 
January 28, 2012
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Results were released yesterday from the Pennsylvania Autism Needs Assessment, which includes feedback from 3,500 Pennsylvania caregivers and adults with autism, making it the largest study of its kind in the nation.