Autism

Cognitive Enhancement Therapy Improves Outcomes for Adults with Autism

New collaborative research out of the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work and the Department of Psychiatry signals a potential breakthrough for adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). While there have been advances in early detection and many studies involving the treatment of children with ASD, few efforts to date have focused on interventions for adults. These individuals experience significant challenges throughout adulthood, including unemployment, social impairment and poor
Autism

Boston University’s Dr. Helen Tager-Flusberg to Join Q BioMed’s Advisory Committee

Q BioMed Inc., a biotechnology acceleration company, announced today that Dr. Helen Tager-Flusberg from Boston University has joined its advisory committee for QBM-001, which is being tested for pediatric developmental nonverbal disorder in toddlers within the autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Tager-Flusberg has provided the protocol for capturing the primary endpoint of the planned trial for QBM-001. “We are honored to have Dr. Helen Tager-Flusberg join our advisory committee for QBM-001.
Neurology Neuroscience

Potential New Autism Drug Shows Promise in Mice

Scientists have performed a successful test of a possible new drug in a mouse model of an autism disorder. The candidate drug, called NitroSynapsin, largely corrected electrical, behavioral and brain abnormalities in the mice. NitroSynapsin is intended to restore an electrical signaling imbalance in the brain found in virtually all forms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). “This drug candidate is poised to go into clinical trials, and we think it
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Better ‘Mini Brains’ Could Help Scientists Identify Treatments for Zika-Related Brain Damage

UCLA researchers develop improved technique for creating brain tissue from stem cells UCLA researchers have developed an improved technique for creating simplified human brain tissue from stem cells. Because these so-called “mini brain organoids” mimic human brains in how they grow and develop, they’re vital to studying complex neurological diseases. In a study published in the journal Cell Reports, the researchers used the organoids to better understand how Zika infects and
Biotechnology

Using DNA to predict schizophrenia and autism

Huntington's disease, cystic fibrosis, and muscular dystrophy are all diseases that can be traced to a single mutation. Diagnosis in asymptomatic patient for these diseases is relatively easy - You have the mutation? Then you are at risk. Complex diseases, on the other hand, do not have a clear mutational footprint. A new multi-institutional study by Japanese researchers shows a potential rare gene mutation that could act as a predictor
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How Prenatal Maternal Infections May Affect Genetic Factors in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Researchers find activation of maternal immune system during pregnancy disrupts expression of key genes and processes associated with autism and prenatal brain development For some infections, such as Zika, the virus passes through the placenta and directly attacks the fetus. For others, such as the H1N1 influenza, the virus induces maternal immune activation (MIA) by triggering a woman’s immune system during pregnancy. Both Zika and MIA mechanisms may lead to
Biotechnology

Predicting Autism: Researchers Find Autism Biomarkers in Infancy

By using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to study the brains of infants who have older siblings with autism, scientists were able to correctly identify 80 percent of the babies who would be subsequently diagnosed with autism at 2 years of age. Researchers from the University of Washington were part of a North American effort led by the University of North Carolina to use MRI to measure the brains of "low-risk"