Autism News

FMR1 Knockout Mice Observed to have Hyperactive Neural Firing Rates

Source: 
Nature: Neuroscience
Date Published: 
June 2, 2013
Abstract: 

Researchers at UCLA observed hyperactive firing rates in the brains of FMR1 knockout mice; mice engineered to have symptoms similar to those in ASD and Fragile X syndrome.

New Gene Variants Linked to Autism

Source: 
Nature
Date Published: 
May 28, 2013
Abstract: 

A new study using families from the Autism Genetic Resource Exchange (AGRE) finds that individuals with autism are 20% more likely to have copy-number variations of specific genes.

Seaside Therapeutics Discontinues Arbaclofen (STX209) Extension Study

Source: 
The Boston Globe
Date Published: 
May 31, 2013
Abstract: 

Seaside Therapeutics has discontinued their extension study of Arbaclofen (STX209), a drug that showed promise in treating social impairment related to Fragile X syndrome.

Brain Responses to Words in 2-Year-Olds with Autism Predict Developmental Outcomes at Age 6

Source: 
PLoS ONE
Date Published: 
May 29, 2013
Abstract: 

Researchers have demonstrated that brain responses to words in children with autism at age two may strongly predict cognitive ability, receptive language and adaptive behavior in those children at ages 4 and 6.

Early Signs Of Autism: Does My Toddler Have It?

Source: 
The Huffington Post
Date Published: 
May 24, 2013

SFARI Live DSM-5 Discussion: May 29 3pm ET

Source: 
SFARI
Date Published: 
May 23, 2013
Abstract: 

Simons Foundation will host a live DSM-5 roundtable discussion on May 29 at 3pm ET. The panelists, Dr. Thomas Insel, Dr. Cathy Lord and Dr. Helen Tager-Flusberg, will explore the new guidelines' impact on autism diagnosis as well as on research. Listeners will have a chance to ask the panelists questions during the discussion.

At the event time, call 866-740-1260 (access code: 2979382) to listen to the live discussion. To follow the live chat and submit your own questions, log in to readytalk.com using the access code 2979382.

DSM-5: The Debate Continues

Source: 
Molecular Autism
Date Published: 
May 15, 2013
Abstract: 

The editors of Molecular Autism, Dr. Simon Baron-Cohen and ASF SAB member Dr. Joe Buxbaum, invited the labs of Dr. Cathy Lord and Dr. Fred Volkmar to offer their perspectives on the new DSM-5 criteria for the autism spectrum.

Read Dr. Lord's commentary here: http://www.molecularautism.com/content/pdf/2040-2392-4-12.pdf

Read Dr. Volkmar's commentary here: http://www.molecularautism.com/content/pdf/2040-2392-4-13.pdf