Center for Autism Research & Treatment News Archive


CART Pilot Grant funding available - Applications due March 25, 2013

The UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART) invites applications for pilot grants.                  APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 25, 2013 (Monday 5 pm) FUNDING AMOUNT: $25,000 per project (direct costs) BUDGET PERIOD: June 1, 2013 – May 31, 2014 Please see RFA (attached below) for details including application submission requirements. (15 Jan 13)

CART Director, Dr. Daniel Geschwind was quoted in a Dec. 16 Los Angeles Times blog article profiling the gunman of the Sandy Hook tragedy

CART Director, Dr. Daniel Geschwind, the Gordon and Virginia MacDonald Distinguished Professor of Human Genetics and a professor of neurology and psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine and Semel Institute, was quoted in a Dec. 16 Los Angeles Times blog article profiling the gunman of the Sandy Hook tragedy. (21 Dec 12)

CART shares Autism Speaks resources: Support for families in the wake of Newtown CT Tragedy

The hearts and prayers of all of us at Autism Speaks continue to go out to the families and town of Newtown, Connecticut in the wake of the heartbreaking events of last Friday. The devastation has been felt by people all around the world as we struggle to understand and deal with this horrible tragedy. We have put together resources to help members of the autism community - families, children, siblings, friends and schools – to better comprehend and cope with these widespread feelings of grief and loss.   (20 Dec 12) http://www.autismspeaks.org/news/news-item/support-families-wake-newtown-tragedy

HEADLINE – CART scientist Dr. Kasari’s study voted “Top 10 Research Advances of 2012” by Autism Speaks

HEADLINE – CART scientist Dr. Kasari’s study voted “Top 10 Research Advances of 2012” by Autism Speaks Peer Training Outperforms Traditional Autism InterventionsTraining classmates produces greater gains in social inclusion than even one-on-one training between therapist and child. This year, the findings of a landmark study argue for a shift away from relying solely on such standard social-skills training and toward greater emphasis on teaching classmates how to interact with children who have social challenges.The study was led by educational psychologist Connie Kasari, Ph.D., of the UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment. It appeared in the April issue of the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. Please note; a summary of Dr. Kasri's study is listed #8, starting on page 21... (19 Dec 12)

Dr. Daniel Geschwind, professor of neurology, psychiatry, and genetics and director of the Center for Autism Research at the Semel Institute, was quoted in a Dec. 5 Boston Globe article about the development of a prototype blood test for autism

Boston Children’s Hospital researchers take step toward blood test for autism (17 Dec 12)

Dr. Carrie Bearden’s CART pilot grant study published in Autism Research

Cognition and behavior: Mind blindness in autism syndromes Virginia Hughes 19 October 2012 People with single-gene syndromes linked to autism lack the ability to infer others’ thoughts or feelings, according to two new studies published in the past few weeks. (15 Nov 12)

CART Doctoral Student Co-Authors Book on Sports Therapy for Children with Autism

Stephanie Patterson: Doctoral Student working in the UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART) Co-Authors Book on Sports Therapy for Children with Autism Through her love of figure skating, Stephanie Patterson discovered an outlet for children with autism that also helped them become a part of their wider community. While coaching he sport in her native Alberta, she established a skating program for children with autism that allowed them to enjoy the benefits of a sport while sharing quality time with family. (19 Oct 12)

CART autism expert publishes new book to guide parents

Professor Tanya Paparella, a leading expert with more than 20 years of autism intervention and director of UCLA’s Early Childhood Partial Hospitalization Program, an internationally recognized treatment program for young children with autism, has published More Than Hope: For Young Children on the Autism Spectrum. (9 Oct 12)

Faculty from UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment receive multiple NIH awards

The National Institutes of Health, recognizing UCLA's preeminence in both research and clinical care for children with autism, has announced multiple awards to the university as part of the agency's Autism Centers of Excellence (ACE) research program.   The UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART) was the only NIH ACE Center in the nation to be awarded renewed funding for the next five years. The funding will support ongoing research focused on examining genes' link to behavior, developing clinical interventions for those severely affected by the disorder, and explaining why autism affects more boys than girls.   The goal of this work is to understand the full range of autism spectrum disorders, the brain condition that causes a continuum of social deficits,... (18 Sep 12)

UCLA CART researchers - UCLA gene research furthers understanding of autism

Examiner Blog Looks At Gene Mutation Linked to Autism Mirella Dapretto, a professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute of Neuroscience, was featured in a Sept. 13 Examiner blog about her Autism research showing that a common gene mutation has been found to impact the network of connections between different areas of the brain involved in social behavior, such as recognizing the emotions shown on people’s faces, a common symptom of the disorder. http://www.examiner.com/article/ucla-gene-research-furthers-understanding-of-autism (14 Sep 12)