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2019 Marks UNC’s Third Year Participating in Largest Genetic Autism Research Study
Gabriel Dichter, PhD, director of research at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, said one of the main goals of the SPARK project is to help determine the genes that cause autism.
Located in News / 2019 / April
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
Adult Male Autism Study: ASPIRE Research
The goal of this study is to measure the effects of an investigational drug on social behavior, communication, and safety. Study for adult males, ages 18-45, with high functioning autism.
Located in Vital Signs / 2014 / June 26
ASPIRE Research: Autism and Irritability Study
ASPIRE is conducting a research study for 6 to 17 year olds who experience irritability related to autism. The study is looking at an investigational medication called lurasidone to find out whether it is safe and effective in managing irritability in children and teenagers with autism.
Located in Vital Signs / 2014 / July 24
Autism May Arise from Genetic Defect During ‘Scaffolding’ of Developing Brain
Led by Eva Anton, PhD, scientists have uncovered details of a key cellular mechanism crucial for brain development. This process of brain development is spawned by a gene that, when mutated, had previously been linked to the development of autism.
Located in News / 2019 / July
Autism study gains national attention
Published last week in the journal Nature, the research shows it is possible to use MRIs to predict which high-risk babies will go on to develop autism as toddlers.
Located in News / 2017 / February
Autism, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder may share common underlying factors
New research led by Patrick F. Sullivan, MD, FRANZCP, a psychiatric geneticist at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, points to an increased risk of autism spectrum disorders among individuals whose parents or siblings have been diagnosed with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.
Located in News / 2012 / July
Brain enlargement in autism due to brain changes occurring before age 2
A study by UNC researchers finds that children with autism who had enlarged brains at age 2 continued to have enlarged brains at ages 4 and 5. However, this increased brain growth did not continue beyond age 2.
Located in News / 2011 / May
Brain imaging differences evident at 6 months in infants who develop autism
This study led by UNC researchers suggests that autism does not appear suddenly in young children, but instead develops over time during infancy.
Located in News / 2012 / February
Children's Research Institute Seminar Series: "Imaging Infant Brain Development in Autism"
The Children’s Research Institute Seminar Series presents its April speaker, Joseph Piven, MD, for his talk, "Imaging Infant Brain Development in Autism."
Located in Vital Signs / 2018 / March 29