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Autism (sometimes called “classical autism”) is the most common condition in a group of developmental disorders known as the autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Autism is characterized by impaired social interaction, problems with verbal and nonverbal communication, and unusual, repetitive, or severely limited activities and interests. Other ASDs include Asperger syndrome, Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (usually referred to as PDD-NOS). Experts estimate that three to six children out of every 1,000 will have autism. Males are four times more likely to have autism than females.
Columbia scientists receive grant from CZI to construct atlas of cells in human spinal cord

Columbia scientists receive grant from CZI to construct atlas of cells in human spinal cord

New study maps human genome to healthy tissue functions and disease processes

New study maps human genome to healthy tissue functions and disease processes

Researchers use mixed realty viewer to visualize complex biological networks in 3D

Researchers use mixed realty viewer to visualize complex biological networks in 3D

Researchers find multiple new mutations linked to autism in children but not their parents

Researchers find multiple new mutations linked to autism in children but not their parents

Vanderbilt Center for Autism & Innovation aims to help people with ASD find meaningful employment

Vanderbilt Center for Autism & Innovation aims to help people with ASD find meaningful employment

Biased research samples can profoundly skew results of brain imaging studies

Biased research samples can profoundly skew results of brain imaging studies

Whole genome sequencing could help better understand genetic abnormalities underlying autism

Whole genome sequencing could help better understand genetic abnormalities underlying autism

Research findings could pave way to new therapies for treating seizures and autism

Research findings could pave way to new therapies for treating seizures and autism

Maternal immune activation linked to ASD symptom severity in children with autism

Maternal immune activation linked to ASD symptom severity in children with autism

Improving synchronization of brain waves enhances learning and self-control

Improving synchronization of brain waves enhances learning and self-control

Scientists offer insight into how the brain makes perceptual judgments

Scientists offer insight into how the brain makes perceptual judgments

Study sheds new light on underlying genetic causes of congenital heart disease

Study sheds new light on underlying genetic causes of congenital heart disease

Whitehead Institute scientists identify brain/body connection in genomic region linked to autism

Whitehead Institute scientists identify brain/body connection in genomic region linked to autism

Researchers find surprising differences in first-ever whole-brain map of inhibitory neurons

Researchers find surprising differences in first-ever whole-brain map of inhibitory neurons

UC Berkeley researchers to develop new ultra-high-resolution MRI brain scanner

UC Berkeley researchers to develop new ultra-high-resolution MRI brain scanner

Multivitamin use during pregnancy could protect children from autism with intellectual disabilities

Multivitamin use during pregnancy could protect children from autism with intellectual disabilities

Researchers improve genetic decoding of neurodevelopmental disorders

Researchers improve genetic decoding of neurodevelopmental disorders

Tulane researchers explore Shox2 protein’s potential link to epilepsy, autism and schizophrenia

Tulane researchers explore Shox2 protein’s potential link to epilepsy, autism and schizophrenia

Researchers discover new class of molecules that may protect brain from injury or diseases

Researchers discover new class of molecules that may protect brain from injury or diseases

Iron supplements for low birth weight babies can prevent behavioral problems at school age

Iron supplements for low birth weight babies can prevent behavioral problems at school age