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Experimental Diet Supplement Eases Autism-like Behaviors in Mice

Synthetic oil triheptanoin improves sociability, motor skills and cell function in a mouse model of Rett syndrome
October 08, 2014

Synthetic oil triheptanoin improves sociability, motor skills and cell function in a mouse model of Rett syndrome

Progress in Understanding "Model" Syndromes May Lead to Breakthroughs in Understanding Autism

November 06, 2007


Eight months ago researchers in Scotland found that they could reverse the debilitating defects and certain death in mice carrying the Rett syndrome gene, well after the mice had regressed into the most severe stages of disease. Although the specific treatment approach was not one that is directly applicable to autism treatment, the successful "rescue" of adult animals taught us that developmental disorders, those that begin in infancy, apparently still have a potential to be reversed later in life.

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Potential Reversal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Successful treatment of three mouse models of neurodevelopmental disorders:
September 21, 2009

2007 saw the publication of several studies that documented successful treatment of disease symptoms in mouse models of three different neurodevelopmental disorders related to autism. Most significantly, two of three (Fragile X and Rett) involved reversal of the phenotype AFTER the mice had already become sick, suggesting that developmental disorders such as autism may be treatable in adolescence or adulthood.

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Autism Speaks Launches National University Program

Events in 2009 to build on success at Penn State University

NEW YORK, NY (October 9, 2008) – Autism Speaks, the nation's largest autism advocacy organization, today announced the launch of

October 13, 2008

NEW YORK, NY (October 9, 2008) – Autism Speaks, the nation's largest autism advocacy organization, today announced the launch of Autism SpeaksU, an initiative of Autism Speaks focused on engaging the young philanthropists of the world and connecting college students with the autism community. Founded by the members of the Beta Sigma Beta Fraternity and Pi Beta Phi Sorority at Penn State University in 2006, the annual walk/run in State College, Pa.

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Autism Speaks Announces New International Research Collaboration

Autism Speaks, the Rett Syndrome Research Trust and the Medical Research Council, UK Partner to Research the Reversibility of Rett Syndrome

NEW YORK, NY (September 25, 2008) – Autism Speaks, the nation's largest autism advocacy organization, today announced a new inter

September 25, 2008

NEW YORK, NY (September 25, 2008) – Autism Speaks, the nation's largest autism advocacy organization, today announced a new international collaboration to study Rett Syndrome. In partnership with the UK's Medical Research Council (MRC) and the newly formed Rett Syndrome Research Trust (RSRT), the group will build on previous studies to explore the correlation of Rett symptoms to specific brain regions.

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