News Archive

The latest research, clinical and policy news from the Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute (ANDI) and its affiliated faculty.

Learn what the new Autism Centers for Excellence are doing

October 15, 2017

Listen to this week’s podcast which describes the new Autism Centers for Excellence awards from the NIH and how they will affect the lives of people with ASD.

Two drugs ease features of autism syndromes in mice

October 11, 2017

Drugs that block certain brain enzymes could help treat two conditions associated with autism, a new mouse study suggests.

Scan of whole genomes ties regulatory regions to autism risk

October 04, 2017

Children with autism have an excess of spontaneous mutations in DNA that controls the expression of autism genes, a new analysis suggests.

Maternal infection may trigger autism traits via neuronal ‘patches’

October 02, 2017

Patches of overactive neurons in the brains of mice exposed to inflammation in the womb may lead to autism-like features in the mice, a new study suggests. 


The Missing Autistic Girls

September 11, 2017

In the past two decades, autism diagnoses have soared—but new research shows that girls have frequently been overlooked, leaving them without crucial support.

NIH awards nearly $100 million for Autism Centers of Excellence program

September 07, 2017

The National Institutes of Health has awarded nine research grants totaling nearly $100 million over the next five years for the Autism Centers of Excellence (ACE).

'Social Camouflage' May Lead To Underdiagnosis Of Autism In Girls

July 31, 2017

Many more boys are diagnosed with autism every year than girls. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the disorder is 4.5 times more common among boys than girls.

A Distinct Form of Autism

June 01, 2017

A new study suggests that childhood disintegrative disorder, a rare condition marked by a sudden and profound loss of skills, is biologically distinct from most autism.

Opinion: Inoculate Vaccination Commission from Fake Science

January 31, 2017

"If there is to be a [vaccination safety] commission, health care experts and scientists have a responsibility to fully participate.

Opinion: Technology Can Curb Social Exclusion of Children with Autism

January 10, 2017

Beyond apps, groundbreaking research into technology-based interventions for autism could boost the social skills of children with developmental conditions.

Brain Scans May Forecast Effectiveness of Autism Treatment

January 09, 2017

Patterns of activity in the social brain predict how much a child’s autism features will improve after a behavioral therapy called pivotal response treatment, according to a new study.

ANDI Research Featured in Autism Science Foundation's Year-End Review of Discoveries

December 21, 2016

The Autism Science Foundation's list is a summary of autism discoveries in 2016 and what they mean for families.

Opinion: Autistic People Can Solve Our Cybersecurity Crisis

November 25, 2016

Vital jobs in online security are going unfilled. And there are people in our midst, ideally suited to the work, who are unemployed.

Oxytocin Nasal Spray, Brain Scans Can Improve Treatments for Children with Autism

November 17, 2016

Two new papers highlight therapies that could help families save time and money in identifying effective treatments for children with autism.