February 13, 2019

The part of the nervous system that regulates heart rate and breathing is involved in autism, a new study suggests. Specifically, the changes in heart rate that ordinarily accompany breathing are slow to develop in autistic children.

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. Typical children prefer speech in which the sensory cues are in sync.

June 02, 2017

With the goal of prevention, a new study of children and teens with autism spectrum disorders found five risk factors that are significantly associated with an increased likelihood of seeking inpatient psychiatric care.

March 15, 2017

The 14-year-old eighth grader has autism and oppositional defiance disorder, as well as depression and anxiety. She is one of the artists participating in “Through Our Eyes,” an art show featuring the work of people with autism spectrum disorder and related neuro-developmental conditions. The show is part of Brain Week R.I., which takes place each March to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research.

November 08, 2014

A conversation with Dr. Thomas Anders, one of the leaders of the effort to create a statewide registry for autism, as the project enters its second year. Dr. Thomas Anders, one of the leaders of the RI-CART project to create a statewide autism registry in Rhode Island, talked about the challenges the effort is facing.

The long-term goal of the Autism, a Precision Medicine Approach initiative is to develop and test protocols for the use of genomic information in the diagnosis and clinical care of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) and related neurodevelopmental disorders.  In addition to the use of genetic markers, studies under this initiative will be aimed at identifying and making use of biomarkers of core symptoms of ASDs so as to improve our abilities to measure the response of young children affected by ASDs to interventions.

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