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Predicting Autism: Study Links Infant Brain Connections to Diagnoses at Age 2
In two previous studies, University of North Carolina researchers and colleagues linked infant brain anatomy differences to autism diagnoses at age two. Now they show differences in functional connections between brain regions at 6 months to predict autism at age two.
Located in News / 2017 / June
UNC scientists pinpoint how a single genetic mutation increases autism risk
The research shows the precise cellular mechanisms that could increase risk for the disorder and how an existing drug might help thousands of people with autism.
Located in News / 2015 / August
TEACCH Autism Program receives $120,000 grant from Autism Speaks
Principal investigator Mark Klinger, and co-investigator, Laura Klinger, will assess the effectiveness of the TEACCH School Transition to Employment Program (TSTEP) for adolescents and young adults (ages 16 – 21) with ASD.
Located in Vital Signs / 2014 / Jan. 9
Researchers ramp up new UNC Autism Research Center
With seed money from the Kenan Charitable Trust, the new center takes aim at the greatest challenges facing the field of autism spectrum disorder.
Located in News / 2017 / August
VIDEO: Autism drug citalopram is ineffective, causes significant side effects
A drug commonly given to autistic children to reduce repetitive behaviors is ineffective compared to placebo and, in some children, may actually increase repetitive behaviors, as found by the largest study of autistic children to date.
Located in Vital Signs / 2009 / Vital Signs - June 5, 2009
Researchers discover how a chemical used in chemotherapies affects genes linked to autism
Key enzymes are found to have a ‘profound effect’ across dozens of genes linked to autism. The insight could help illuminate environmental factors behind autism spectrum disorder and contribute to a unified theory of how the disorder develops.
Located in News / 2013 / August
UNC autism article named one of top 10 papers of 2015
Researchers at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities tracking age-related issues of autism identified an increased risk of Parkinson’s disease in this high-impact paper.
Located in News / 2016 / February
UNC research tabbed as a top autism breakthrough of 2013
The work of Mark Zylka, PhD, and Ben Philpot, PhD, is featured by Autism Speaks in its list of 10 major advances in autism research in 2013.
Located in News / 2013 / December
Two UNC faculty receive Autism Centers of Excellence grants for new research
Multimillion dollar grants further enhance UNC’s recognition as one of the world’s top autism research centers
Located in News / 2012 / September
A New Frontier
Once unknown in the field of autism, UNC’s Mark Zylka is now uncovering potential causes for the brain disorder.
Located in News / 2013 / October