News Archive

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

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.

Learning shows sex bias in mice with mutation tied to autism

November 23, 2017

Male mice with a genetic variant tied to autism have learning difficulties that females with the variant do not, a new study suggests.

Study bolsters genetic link between arthritis, autism

November 16, 2017

Men and women with rheumatoid arthritis are at increased risk of having a child with autism, according to a large study based on medical records from Denmark.

In autism, intelligence scores may not predict school success

November 06, 2017

Many children with autism do better in school than their intelligence scores would predict, according to a new study.

New NIH grant to help researchers follow children with autism transition to adulthood

November 01, 2017

A George Washington University-led national collaborative network aimed at improving outcomes for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) will receive more than $11.7 million from th

Risk genes for autism overlap with those for attention deficit

October 20, 2017

People with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) carry rare, harmful mutations in many of the same genes as people with autism.

Second ‘hits’ may explain autism mutations’ varied effects

October 19, 2017

People who have a mutation linked to autism plus a second genetic glitch tend to have more severe symptoms than do those with the autism mutation alone. 

Late birth linked to risk of autism with intellectual disability

October 18, 2017

Children with autism who were born late are more likely to also have intellectual disability than those with autism who were born at term, suggests a study of almost half a million people.

Studies send mixed messages on antidepressants’ link to autism

October 16, 2017

Antidepressants slightly boost the risk of autism and other brain conditions. Or they don’t, and it’s really factors related to the mother’s mental health that pose the risk.

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.