At the University of California, Davis, Myka Estes will study how immune system abnormalities may affect early brain development in children with autism. Laura Edwards (Harvard University) will use a novel, non-invasive brain imaging technique to study the brain systems associated with impaired social behavior in children with autism and their unaffected siblings, and Katherine Stavropoulos at the University of California, San Diego will study neural responses to social signals. Michael Grubb (New York University) and Aarti Nair (University of California, San Diego) will use functional MRI to better understand brain dysfunction in individuals with autism, respectively focusing on impairments in visual attention and brain connectivity.
Autism Speaks Postdoctoral Fellowships in Translational Research help turn scientific discoveries into treatments that improve lives. New 2012 fellowships include Soumya Pati at Baylor College of Medicine who will use advanced testing techniques to identify subgroups of individuals who may respond to specific medical treatments. The techniques include RNA sequencing of blood and analysis of nerve cells grown from skin stem cells. These will be compared to information from brain scans. At the University of North Carolina, Brian Teng will study the effects of oxytocin receptor agonist drugs in mouse models of ASD. Dean Carson (Stanford University) will conduct a randomized controlled trial of oxytocin treatment for social deficits in children. This study will also assess a biomarker that may help identify children who will benefit from this treatment.
Adam Eggebrecht at Washington University will use another novel brain imaging method to map brain networks associated with autism. Oana Tu
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