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Treatments

Efforts to ease the symptoms of autism are beginning to ramp up, with promising candidates in various stages of testing.

December 2017
Opinion / Q&A

How family perspectives could improve clinical trials

by  /  12 December 2017

Asking people with autism and their families about the challenges they face could help researchers test treatments for the condition.

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November 2017
Multimedia / Webinars

Webinar: Brian Scassellati explores robotics in autism research

29 November 2017

Watch the complete replay of Brian Scassellati discussing robotics for autism research.

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Multimedia / Webinars

Journal club: Exploring treatments for Rett syndrome

11 December 2017

Watch the complete replay of this journal club, which featured two papers that explore therapies for Rett syndrome.

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monkeys hugging
News

Social hormones alter monkey behavior in sex-specific ways

by  /  15 November 2017

The hormones oxytocin and vasopressin promote social interactions in male monkeys but make female monkeys more aggressive than usual.

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jumping mouse in the wild
News

Drug cocktail curbs repetitive jumping in mice

by  /  15 November 2017

A trio of drugs eases repetitive behaviors in mice by activating a brain region involved in motor control.

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lab mouse in scientists hand with blue gloves
News

Selective enzyme block reveals new treatment for fragile X

by  /  14 November 2017

A drug that selectively blocks one form of an enzyme called GSK-3 prevents seizures and improves cognitive deficits in a mouse model of fragile X syndrome.

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mouse running up wheel
News

Experimental Huntington’s drug improves gait in Rett mice

by  /  14 November 2017

A candidate drug in clinical trials for Huntington’s disease reverses gait problems in a mouse model of Rett syndrome.

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monkey portrait
News

Scientists move closer to gene therapy for Rett syndrome

by  /  14 November 2017

A virus that delivers a working copy of the Rett syndrome gene to the brain improves features of the condition in mice, and appears to be safe in monkeys.

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Mice missing the tuberous sclerosis gene in astrocytes have frequent seizures.
News

Cancer drug wards off seizures in mouse model of tuberous sclerosis

by  /  13 November 2017

A drug called rapamycin prevents seizures in a mouse model of the autism-related condition tuberous sclerosis complex.

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Opinion / Cross Talk

Why it’s difficult to study sleep in autism

13 November 2017

Five scientists describe the biggest challenges they face in solving sleep problems in people with autism.

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