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Tag: Autism

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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Illustration of a person handing over a questionnaire

July 13, 2012

Questionnaire completed by parents may help identify 1-year-olds at...

The First Year Inventory, a 10-minute questionnaire filled out by parents after a child’s first birthday, shows promise in identifying children who are later diagnosed with autism or other developmental problems.

Autism, Studies, Treatment

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Patrick F. Sullivan

July 2, 2012

Autism, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder may share common underly...

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.

Genetics, Innovation, Mental Health, Research

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Image of white matter pathways extracted from diffusion tensor imaging data for infants at-risk for autism. Warmer colors represent higher fractional anisotropy. Image created by Jason Wolff

February 17, 2012

Brain imaging differences evident at 6 months in infants who develo...

This study led by UNC researchers suggests that autism does not appear suddenly in young children, but instead develops over time during infancy.

Autism, Innovation, Research

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These images show brain maturation measured by cortical thickness for a representative subject with autism at age 2 (left) and age 4 (right). Thicker areas of cortex are shown in red

May 2, 2011

Brain enlargement in autism due to brain changes occurring before a...

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.

Neurology, Research

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