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UCI research turns the corner on autism
Date:1/15/2013

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Neurosciences, is finding that boosting natural, marijuana-like chemicals in the brain can improve transmission between neurons.

While not originally focused specifically on autism, their work on these compounds addresses biological machinery implicated in the disorder.

"We're approaching this from different points of view to see what can work," says Gee, who has also created the basis of a treatment for fragile X syndrome a form of autism that is currently undergoing clinical trial. "The more disciplines you can get under one roof, the more lightbulbs you get to turn on. I think it's great."

"We're really raising the bar high," Lynch adds.

Because these compounds have been found effective in rodent models, and some have already been found safe for people, Gargus notes, they're much closer to reaching early-stage testing in human patients.

"We have amazing pieces of the puzzle coming together here," he says. "UC Irvine is truly distinctive in this aggressive push to a cure."


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Contact: Tom Vasich
tmvasich@uci.edu
949-824-6455
University of California - Irvine
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