Autism Science

Dr. Jennifer Elder Provides Commentary on Current Research for the Gluten-Free, Casein-Free (GFCF) Diet

Date Published: 
August 1, 2013
Abstract: 

Dr. Jennifer Elder provides an evidence-based discussion about the Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diet in her guest blog post for the blog series "Comorbid Conditions with Autism". Dr. Elder's goal was to highlight what current research says about the GFCF diet so families can make an informed decision if it is right for them.

Dr. Susan Hyman Discusses GI Problems in Children with Autism for a Guest Blog Post

Date Published: 
July 30, 2013
Abstract: 

Dr. Susan Hyman addressed many important questions about GI problems associated with autism for our guest blog series "Comorbid Conditions with Autism". In the post, she provided an informed update on current evidence-based research in the area of GI problems and autism.

Early Behavioral Intervention is Associated with Normalized Brain Activity in Young Children with Autism.

Source: 
J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry
Date Published: 
November 11, 2012
Year Published: 
2012
Abstract: 

This report describes the the resulting EEG activity from randomized clinical trial. These clinical trial included a developmental behavioral intervention.

Controlled-Release Melatonin, Singly and Combined with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, for Persistent Insomnia in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: a Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial

Source: 
J Sleep Res
Date Published: 
December 12, 2012
Year Published: 
2012
Abstract: 

This study demonstrates that adding behavioural intervention to melatonin treatment seems to result in a better treatment response, at least in the short term.

Effects of STX209 (Arbaclofen) on Neurobehavioral Function in Children and Adults with Fragile X Syndrome: a Randomized, Controlled, Phase 2 Trial

Source: 
Sci Transl Med
Date Published: 
September 19, 2012
Year Published: 
2012
Abstract: 

Research on animal models of fragile X syndrome suggests that STX209, a GABA(B) agonist, might improve neuro-behavioral function in affected patients.

Synaptic Dysfunction in Neurodevelopmental Disorders Associated with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities.

Source: 
Cold Spring Harb Perspect Biol
Date Published: 
March 1, 2012
Year Published: 
2012
Abstract: 

The human studies unveiled the sensitivity of cognitive function to precise levels of different proteins.

Controversial Study Suggests That An Ear Muscle In Children with Autism Responds to Lower Decibel Sounds Than Typical Controls

Source: 
Autism Research and Treatment
Date Published: 
July 3, 2013
Abstract: 

A controversial study suggests that an ear muscle in children with autism responds to sounds that are a few decibels lower compared to typically developing children. Some researchers suggest this could be used as a simple clinical biomarker for autism but some scientists disagree.

Request for Applications: 2013 Research Enhancement Mini Grants

Abstract: 

The Autism Science Foundation invites applications for its Research Enhancement Mini Grants. This grant mechanism is designed to expand the scope, increase the efficiency and improve final product dissemination of active autism research grants.

Request for Applications: 2013 Research Enhancement Mini Grants

RFA Released: July 15, 2013

Applications Due: September 30, 2013

The Autism Science Foundation invites applications for its Research Enhancement Mini Grants. This grant mechanism is designed to expand the scope, increase the efficiency and improve final product dissemination of active autism research grants. 

Autism Science Foundation will make a number of awards determined by its available financial resources. The term of this award cannot exceed the term of the active grant nor the IRB/IACUC approval period on the underlying grant. 

Grants of up to $5000 are available to enhance, expand or enrich currently-funded grants (including those funded by ASF). All projects must have prior IRB/IACUC approval. No portion of these funds shall be used to cover indirect university costs. 

Is Maternal Influenza or Fever During Pregnancy Associated with Autism or Developmental Delays?

Source: 
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Date Published: 
January, 2013
Abstract: 

Though neither ASD nor DD was associated with influenza, both were associated with maternal fever during pregnancy. However, the fever-associated ASD risk was attenuated among mothers who reported taking antipyretic medications but remained elevated for those who did not.

Crossed Eyes and Lazy Eyes Are Common In Children With Autism

Source: 
Strabismus
Date Published: 
June 21, 2013
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A small study sampling 52 patients with autism found that eye problems, such as crossed eyes and lazy eyes, are common in children with autism.