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Autism Study Flags Differences in Developmental Brain Chemistry

Researchers note corrective 'rebound' in brains of children with autism; insights into adaptiveness of developing brain
September 09, 2013

A new study in JAMA Psychiatry reveals potentially important differences in the brain chemistry of young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), as compared to typically developing children and those with developmental delay.

Accelerated Head Growth Can Help Predict Autism

January 30, 2008

Two new studies out of the University of Washington's Autism Center say accelerated head growth can help pediatricians predict autism before behavioral symptoms start. According to the research, children later diagnosed with autism have normal-size heads at birth, but show accelerated head growth between six and nine months of age. The center says that this period precedes the onset of many behaviors that enable physicians to diagnose the developmental disorder.

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1999 Awards (NAAR)

The 1999 Research Awards marked the third year NAAR funded autism research programs and the first time the organization had funded autism research in Europe. NAAR invested $800,000 in 1999 to fund 14 pilot studies and two mentor-based fellowships in the United States, Russia and Italy.

2000 Grants Funded (CAN)

Conditional neurotrophin knock-out mice as a model for the developmental neuropathology of autism

Schahram Akbarian, Ph.D., Massachusetts General Hospital (Young Investigator)

2006 Can Grants Funded

Cure Autism Now funded a variety of science programs designed to encourage innovative approaches toward identifying the causes, developing means of prevention and treatment and ultimately, finding a cure for autism and related disorders.

Field-building research grants were a core feature of Cure Autism Now's science program: Pilot Project, Young Investigator, Treatment, and Innovative Technology in Autism grants were born out of the necessity to stimulate novel research and entice investigators to join the fight to understand autism.