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Tag: Autism

March 6, 2017

Infant MRIs show autism linked to increased cerebrospinal fluid

MRIs show a brain anomaly in nearly 70 percent of babies at high risk of developing the condition who go on to be diagnosed, laying the groundwork for a predictive aid for pediatricians and the search for a potential treatment.

Autism, Neurology, Technology

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February 23, 2017

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.

Autism, Research, Studies

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Illustration of a MRI machine.

February 15, 2017

Researchers use MRIs to predict which high-risk babies will develop...

This first-of-its-kind study used MRIs to image the brains of infants, and then researchers used brain measurements and a computer algorithm to accurately predict autism before symptoms set in.

Autism, Research, Technology

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May 2, 2016

UNC joins launch of SPARK, nation’s largest autism research study

Groundbreaking initiative combines web-based registry with DNA analysis to accelerate autism research and speed discovery of personalized treatments.

Autism, Collaboration, Research

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Joseph Piven

February 3, 2016

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.

Autism, Publications

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December 10, 2015

The Atlantic tells story of adult autism through research at UNC

Joseph Piven, MD, and his team are trying to fill the gaps in our understanding of what it has meant and will mean to live with autism as older adults.

Autism, Research, UNC Stories

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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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Photo illustration of an MRI machine.

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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Bryan Roth

October 1, 2014

UNC researchers receive $2.85-million NIH BRAIN Initiative grant

Led by Bryan L. Roth, MD, PhD, three UNC labs will develop the next generation neuroscience tool-kit to accelerate novel treatments for neuropsychiatric and a host of other diseases.

Grants, Neurology

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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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Illustration of a child and parents looking through a window.

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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