Center for Autism Research & Treatment News Archive


CART Director, Dr. Dan Geschwind leads autism study of possible blood test

An article in the April 29 Headlines and Global News about a possible blood test for autism spectrum disorders cited a study led by Dr. Daniel Geschwind, professor of neurology, psychiatry, and genetics, and director of the Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART) at UCLA. (3 May 13)

UCLA CART Investigator Dr. McCracken in Autism NEWS

New York Times, Others Highlight new Effort to Fast Track ASD Drugs (26 Apr 13)

UCLA CART Director Dr. Dan Geschwind awarded NIH autism grant

http://www.examiner.com/article/ucla-receives-10-million-for-autism-research-on-african-americans Autism Award Dr. Daniel Geschwind, professor of neurology, psychiatry, and genetics, and director of the Center for Autism Research at the Semel Institute, was featured in an April 3 Examiner.com article about a five-year, $10 million grant from the National Institutes of Health  to expand and continue his current research into the genetic causes of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). The new research will emphasize further understanding of ASD among African Americans. (15 Apr 13)

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)