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Category: Autism

Mark Zylka

August 6, 2015

UNC scientists pinpoint how a single genetic mutation increases aut...

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.

Autism, Genetics, Research

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Playing face-to-face

February 3, 2015

Simple strategies used by parents lead to improvements in one-year-...

Parents using these strategies, known as Adapted Responsive Teaching (ART), reported significant improvements in their child’s sensory responsiveness, communication and socialization.

Autism, Children, Pediatric Medicine, Research

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Gabriel Dichter

January 27, 2015

MRIs link impaired brain activity to inability to regulate emotions...

UNC researchers find that the bigger the differences in brain activity related to emotion regulation, the more severe the autism. Gabriel Dichter, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry and psychology was the paper's senior author.

Autism, Neurology, Treatment

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Neurons expressing the Topoisomerase-1 gene (green). Image by Angela Mabb

December 3, 2014

UNC researchers pinpoint chemo effect on brain cells, potential lin...

The common chemotherapy drug topotecan disrupts a gene integral for neuron communication, though the effects are reversible. The research also homes in on an underlying cause of autism.

Autism, Cancer, Neurology, Research

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Patricia Maness

September 18, 2014

UNC researchers link gene to increased dendritic spines – a signpos...

By deleting the NrCAM gene, scientists have found a potential way to cut back on the neural connections implicated in Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Autism, Genetics, Research

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Stephen Hooper

January 13, 2014

UNC to launch unprecedented collaboration to improve services for y...

Multiple programs at UNC to utilize $900,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Autism, Collaboration

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December 19, 2013

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.

Autism, Innovation, Publications, Research

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CJ Malanga

October 23, 2013

UNC child neurologist finds potential route to better treatments fo...

C.J. Malanga discovered that three specific drugs affect three different kinds of neurotransmitter receptors that all seem to play roles in Fragile X Syndrome.

Autism, Neurology, Treatment

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Human brain illustrated with interconnected small nerves - 3d render

October 7, 2013

A New Frontier

Once unknown in the field of autism, UNC’s Mark Zylka is now uncovering potential causes for the brain disorder.

Autism, Neurology, Studies

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UNC Chapel

August 28, 2013

Researchers discover how a chemical used in chemotherapies affects ...

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.

Autism, Research

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Brian Boyd

July 16, 2013

Study: Young children with autism benefit regardless of high-qualit...

Researchers at the University of North Carolina School at Chapel Hill have found that preschoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who receive high-quality early intervention benefit developmentally regardless of the treatment model used.

Autism, Research, Studies

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