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January 2015

Questions for David Mandell: Curbing autism’s costs

by  /  20 January 2015

Existing autism therapies do little to lower the lifetime costs of having the disorder, so clinicians should consider more efficient and inexpensive alternatives, says David Mandell.

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Questions for Eric London: Alternative diagnoses for autism

by  /  2 January 2015

Names such as autism, schizophrenia and intellectual disability are ‘umbrella’ terms that muddy the search for the true cause of an individual’s symptoms, says Eric London. He plans to come up with an alternative diagnostic scheme for developmental disabilities over the next two years.

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November 2014

Questions for Thomas Insel: Paths to treatments for autism

by  /  18 November 2014

Finding people who have an autism-linked mutation but no apparent symptoms may be the key to identifying drug targets for the disorder, says Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health.
 

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Questions for Karen Parker: Probing monkey social behavior

by  /  4 November 2014

Like people, monkeys vary widely in their social abilities. Behavioral neuroscientist Karen Parker explains how studying social behavior in monkeys can advance how we understand and treat autism.

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October 2014

Questions for Joseph Cubells: Folic acid’s impact on autism

by  /  7 October 2014

It’s been 15 years since researchers published an epidemiological study with results so striking they sparked worldwide changes in food fortification. Geneticist Joseph Cubells is revisiting the results to determine whether folate decreases autism risk. 

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September 2014

Questions for Lawrence Reiter: Extracting clues from teeth

by  /  9 September 2014

Neurologist Lawrence Reiter is growing neurons from the discarded teeth of children with neurological syndromes. Here he describes how dental pulp may help researchers find the genes and pathways that underlie autism symptoms.

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August 2014

Questions for James Noonan: Tracking a candidate gene’s rise

by  /  26 August 2014

Geneticist James Noonan explains how the complex function of CHD8, the leading candidate for autism risk, points to a way to unravel the mechanisms underlying autism.

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July 2014

Questions for Nicholas Katsanis: Fishing for autism genes

by  /  1 July 2014

Cell biologist Nicholas Katsanis explains why zebrafish have been key in studying a chromosomal region linked to autism.

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June 2012

Q&A with Luca Santarelli: Targeting neuronal connections

by  /  12 June 2012

Luca Santarelli, head of neuroscience at Roche, explains why he is optimistic that pharmaceutical companies can overcome the obstacles in autism drug development.

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May 2012

Q&A with Eric Fombonne: Are autism’s rising rates real?

by  /  15 May 2012

Child psychiatrist and epidemiologist Eric Fombonne digs through the latest report on the prevalence of autism, suggesting reasons for the apparent increase in the disorder’s rates. 

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