CBS’ “Early Show” aired an Aug. 15 segment and KNBC-Channel 4 broadcast a report Aug. 15 and Aug. 16 on new research suggesting that a baby born into a family with an older autistic sibling has a 19 times higher chance of also developing autism. Ted Hutman, an assistant professor of psychiatry and principal investigator for the site at the Center for Autism Research and Treatment within UCLA’s Semel Institute, was interviewed about the findings and their significance for parents. A CBS NewsPath story on the study also aired on more than 130 CBS affiliate stations nationwide.
For decades, autism researchers have faced a baffling riddle: how to unravel a disorder that leaves no known physical trace as it develops in the brain. Now a UCLA study is the first to reveal how the disorder makes its mark at the molecular level, resulting in an autistic brain that differs dramatically in structure from a healthy one. Published May 25 in the advance online edition of Nature, the findings provide new insight into how genes and proteins go awry in autism to alter the mind. The discovery also identifies a new line of attack for researchers, who currently face a vast array of potential fronts for tackling the neurological disease and identifying its diverse causes.
Dr. Shafali Jeste, assistant professor of neurology and psychiatry, was interviewed April 22 on CNN's “Dr. Drew” program about the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders and how families cope with children who suffer from these disorders.
Autism Spectrum Disorders and Genetic Testing
Why is genetic testing important in Autism Spectrum Disorders?
The onset of ASD occurs in the first few years of life and affects approximately 1 in 110 children (MMWR Surveill Summ. 2009 Dec 18;58(10): 1-20). Studies have shown that 10-15% of people with an ASD have an abnormal genetic result that explains the cause of their ASD. Early detection and accurate diagnosis are critical because:
Dr. Shafali Jeste, assistant professor in neurology and psychiatry, was featured in a CBS report that aired April 20 on several affiliates, including locally on KCBS-Channel 2 and KCAL-Channel 9. She discussed her research to understand brain functioning in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and in infants at risk for ASD.