SPRING 2011 - Dr. Dan Geschwind, Director of the UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART) at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, announces the launch of the first CART Newsletter. As Dr. Geschwind states, "Our purpose is to communicate new developments at the UCLA CART and in the field of autism research in general... We invite your feedback so that we can best provide you with what we hope will be interesting and useful information about our work." The 8-page "News from CART" can be accessed here.
SPRING 2012 - CART Newsletter released April - Autism Awareness Month. Access a copy here - click on file below.
Autism activist Temple Grandin’s talk at UCLA was featured in a Feb. 5 KNBC-Channel 4 news segment. The event was part of the "Open Mind" speaker series, sponsored by the Friends of the Semel Institute, an organization dedicated to increasing awareness about, and reducing the stigma that is often attached to mental and neurological disorders.
Rita Cantor, professor of human genetics at the David Geffen School of Medicine and professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute, commented Jan. 10 in an MSNBC.com story on new research that suggests that autism risk triples when a child is conceived within 12 months of his or her next older sibling. The report also appeared on ThirdAge.com and the (Taiwanese) Liberty Times.
- “Autism Risk Rises in Closely Spaced Pregnancies, Study Finds” http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40990120/ns/health-kids_and_parenting/
- “Autism Risk: Risk of Autism Rises in Closely Spaced Pregnancies” http://www.thirdage.com/news/autism-risk-risk-autism-rises-closely-space...
- The Liberty Times (Taiwan) http://iservice.libertytimes.com.tw/liveNews/news.php?no=452119&type=%E5...
For years, the majority of research on reactive oxygen species (ROS) — ions or very small molecules that include free radicals — has focused on how they damage cell structure and their potential link to stroke, cardiovascular disease and other illnesses. However, researchers at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA have shown for the first time that neural stem cells, the cells that give rise to neurons, maintain high levels of ROS to help regulate normal self-renewal and differentiation. The findings, published in the Jan. 7 issue of the journal Cell Stem Cell, may have significant implications for brain repair and abnormal brain development.
Elizabeth Laugeson, clinical instructor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute and director of the Help Group-UCLA Autism Research Alliance, was featured in a Nov. 22 People magazine article about a unique class she designed to help teens with autism spectrum disorders learn to interact appropriately with their peers.
Discover magazine, AOL Health, Med Page Today, Asian News International, Indo-Asian News Service, Press Trust of India and the blog Left Brain Right Brain reported Nov. 4 on a UCLA study that is the first to illustrate how an autism risk gene rewires the brain. The stories quoted Susan Bookheimer, a professor of psychiatry who holds the Joaquin Fuster Chair in Cognitive Neurosciences; Dr. Daniel Geschwind, a professor of neurology and psychiatry who holds the Gordon and Virginia MacDonald Distinguished Chair in Human Genetics; and former UCLA graduate student Ashley Scott-Van Zeeland.
Many gene variants have been linked to autism, but how do these subtle changes alter the brain, and ultimately behavior? Using a blend of brain imaging and genetic detective work, scientists at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine and Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior are the first to illustrate how a gene variant tied to autism rewires the brain. Published in the Nov. 3 online edition of the journal Science Translational Medicine, their discovery pinpoints the crucial missing mechanism that links altered genes to modified brain function and disrupted learning.
Reuters, TIME, BBC News, HealthDay News, the Toronto Star, City News (Toronto), Daily Mail (U.K.), Medical News Today and About.com reported Nov. 3 on a UCLA imaging study that is the first to show how an autism risk gene rewires the brain. The discovery provides the missing link between altered genes, modified brain function and disrupted learning. The stories quoted Dr. Daniel Geschwind, a professor of neurology and psychiatry who holds the Gordon and Virginia MacDonald Distinguished Chair in Human Genetics, and Ashley Scott-Van Zeeland, a former graduate student in the laboratory of Susan Bookheimer, a professor of psychiatry who holds the Joaquin Fuster Chair in Cognitive Neurosciences.