News Archive

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

Infant seizures, maternal meds top list of risk factors for autism

May 02, 2018

Epilepsy in infancy and the use of prescription medications during pregnancy are the strongest of 29 known risk factors for autism in a child, according to a large analysis of medical records.

Some mutations tied to autism may be passed down from fathers

April 19, 2018

Some children with autism carry rare mutations in DNA segments that flank genes and control their expression — and they tend to inherit these mutations from their unaffected fathers, accordin

Top autism gene may alter sensory perception

April 16, 2018

An unusual brain response to sound may distinguish children with mutations in SCN2A, a leading candidate gene for autism.

Loss of autism gene makes mice sensitive to pain

April 09, 2018

Mice lacking CNTNAP2, a gene strongly linked to autism, are acutely sensitive to pain, according to a new study. Loss of the gene makes some of their sensory neurons unusually excitable.

In autism, brain’s emotion hub begins with too many cells

April 06, 2018

The amygdala, a brain region that governs emotions, may contain an unusually high number of neurons in young children with autism.

ANDI Lecture Series: April 12

April 04, 2018

The next installment of the ANDI lecture series will be held on April 12 at 2121 H Street NW, Room B114 from 11am to 12pm and will feature Allison Jack, Assistant Professor at the George

Autistic Brains Function Oppositely to Psychotic Ones

March 20, 2018

According to the diametric model of mental illness, superficially similar social deficits in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and psychotic spectrum disorders such as schizotypal

Autism: Anti-cancer drug may improve social behavior

March 14, 2018

New research led by the State University of New York at Buffalo suggests that an anti-cancer drug may be able to reverse social impairments associated with autism.

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.