Center for Autism Research & Treatment News Archive

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. (14 Sep 12)

Children of older fathers prone to certain disorders, study says

DR. DANIEL GESCHWIND, UCLA's Gordon and Virginia MacDonald Distinguished Professor of Human Genetics and a professor of neurology and psychiatry, was quoted Aug. (28 Aug 12)

Young Researcher Tackles Link between Genes and Autism

(10 Jul 12)

For young children with autism, directing attention boosts language

NIH-supported study confirms that pointing, gestures to focus attention improve later language An intervention in which adults actively engaged the attention of preschool children with autism by pointing to toys and using other gestures to focus their attention results in a long term increase in language skills, according to researchers supported by the National Institutes of Health. At age 8, children with autism who received therapy centered on sharing attention and play when they were 3 or 4 years old had stronger vocabularies and more advanced language skills than did children who received standard therapy. All of the children in the study attended preschool for 30 hours each week. (21 Jun 12)

UCLA study uncovers new tools for targeting genes linked to autism

UCLA researchers have combined two tools — gene expression and the use of peripheral blood — to expand scientists' arsenal of methods for pinpointing genes that play a role in autism.  Published in the June 21 online edition of the American Journal of Human Genetics, the findings could help scientists zero in on genes that offer future therapeutic targets for the disorder.  "Technological advances now allow us to rapidly sequence the genome and uncover dozens of rare mutations," explained principal investigator Dr. Daniel Geschwind, UCLA's Gordon and Virginia MacDonald Distinguished Professor of Human Genetics and a professor of neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. "But just because a particular genetic mutation is rare doesn't mean it's actually... (21 Jun 12)