News Archive

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

Sensory aspects of speech linked to language issues in autism

March 08, 2018

Children with autism pay just as much attention to speech that doesn’t match lip movements as to speech in which sight and sound are coordinated, according to a new study.

Flurry of studies hint at folic acid’s protective role in autism

March 05, 2018

Folic acid, a B vitamin, may lower autism risk and ease features of the condition, according to findings from five unrelated studies published over the past few months.

Autism genes abound in DNA regions involved in learning

February 22, 2018

The same processes that enable the brain to store new memories may also control many autism genes, a new study suggests.

ANDI Lecture Series: March 1

February 19, 2018

The next installment of the ANDI lecture series will be held on March 1st at 2121 H Street NW, Room B114 from 11am to 12pm and will feature Corinde Weirs, Research Fellow at the Nati

Autism shares brain signature with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder

February 08, 2018

Gene expression patterns in the brains of people with autism are similar to those of people who have schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, according to a large study of postmortem brain tissue.

ANDI Lecture Series: February 15

February 06, 2018

The next installment of the ANDI lecture series will be held on February 15th at District House, Room B114 from 11am to 12pm and will feature Dr.

Duplication of DNA on chromosome 7 increases risk of autism

February 01, 2018

Roughly one in five children who has an extra piece of chromosome 7 also meets the criteria for an autism diagnosis, according to a new study.

Variant analysis may vastly underestimate heritability of autism behaviors

January 29, 2018

An analysis of DNA variants suggests the heritability of childhood behavior problems, including autism traits, is about 6 percent, researchers report in a new study.

New speaker seminar series at ANDI announced

January 22, 2018

The Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorder Institute (ANDI) at George Washington University proudly announces the new ANDI Lecture Series. This series aims to inform and connect stud

Prevalence of autism in U.S. remains steady, new data suggest

January 08, 2018

The prevalence of autism in the United States remained relatively stable from 2014 to 2016, according to a new analysis. 

Signs of autism emerge early in babies with related condition

January 01, 2018

Infants who have neurofibromatosis type 1, a genetic condition linked to autism, show motor difficulties and communication delays at 10 months of age, according to the first study to thoroughly cha

Men with autism may misread social cues in body odors

December 21, 2017

Men with autism respond differently to human odors — and the social signals that they contain — than do their neurotypical peers, according to a new study.

Genetic influence over social skills shifts as children grow

December 14, 2017

The combinations of genetic variants that influence social communication vary throughout childhood and adolescence, a new study suggests.

Kevin Pelphrey Awarded Grant from Simons Foundation for Autism Research

December 12, 2017

For years Kevin Pelphrey, PhD, has wanted to explore the effectiveness of using a drug to prime the brain for evidence-based intervention.

Problems with attention, not autism, predispose children to injury

December 07, 2017

Young children with autism are no more likely than those without the condition to sustain injuries that require medical attention, according a study of more than 2,000 children.