Autism

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.
What is Autism?

Autism is not a single disease entity. It is part of a range of developmental disorders known as autistic spectrum disorders (ASD). They begin in childhood and last through adulthood.

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A new screening system to give insights into autistic adults' perspective taking difficulties

A new screening system to give insights into autistic adults' perspective taking difficulties

Newly identified ultra-rare inherited genetic variants may confer significant autism risk

Newly identified ultra-rare inherited genetic variants may confer significant autism risk

Study finds sex differences in astrocyte-mediated synaptic connectivity during brain development

Study finds sex differences in astrocyte-mediated synaptic connectivity during brain development

Research shows a direct link between SUV39H2 gene and autism spectrum disorders

Research shows a direct link between SUV39H2 gene and autism spectrum disorders

A brief questionnaire can help detect autism during toddlerhood

A brief questionnaire can help detect autism during toddlerhood

Early life exposure to antibiotics could alter brain development

Early life exposure to antibiotics could alter brain development

Metabolomics: The Individual Metabolic Profile is the Key to Personalized Medicine

Metabolomics: The Individual Metabolic Profile is the Key to Personalized Medicine

Bacteroides-dominant gut microbiome linked with advanced cognition and language skills in infant boys

Bacteroides-dominant gut microbiome linked with advanced cognition and language skills in infant boys

Untargeted metabolomics profiling can improve diagnosis of metabolic disorders in newborns

Untargeted metabolomics profiling can improve diagnosis of metabolic disorders in newborns

Researchers discover new genetic driver of autism and other developmental disorders

Researchers discover new genetic driver of autism and other developmental disorders

Study identifies specialized immune cells that sculpt inhibitory neurons to regulate brain wiring

Study identifies specialized immune cells that sculpt inhibitory neurons to regulate brain wiring

Research highlights long-lasting effects of childhood reading problems on cognitive skills

Research highlights long-lasting effects of childhood reading problems on cognitive skills

Scientists discover genetic basis and molecular mechanisms of new neurodevelopmental syndrome

Scientists discover genetic basis and molecular mechanisms of new neurodevelopmental syndrome

Study uncovers common neural mechanism for cognitive impairment in autism and schizophrenia

Study uncovers common neural mechanism for cognitive impairment in autism and schizophrenia

Virtual reality can help boost brain rhythms linked to learning and memory

Virtual reality can help boost brain rhythms linked to learning and memory

Study shows how loss of glial protein drives brain development dysfunction

Study shows how loss of glial protein drives brain development dysfunction

New study provides important clue to understand brain disorders

New study provides important clue to understand brain disorders

Dopamine may help explain the gender differences in key motivating factors and autism

Dopamine may help explain the gender differences in key motivating factors and autism

Antidepressants taken during pregnancy do not increase risk for autism spectrum disorder

Antidepressants taken during pregnancy do not increase risk for autism spectrum disorder

MMRI expert receives diversity grant for research on autism, heart disease

MMRI expert receives diversity grant for research on autism, heart disease