The findings highlight the importance of learning how genetic variants or mutations are passed from parents to children affected with autism.
Students in the school’s first Disability Inclusion Lab course will produce six short documentary films that will premiere on campus May 30.
In addition to conducting research on the disorder, UCLA provides support for the autism community.
Changes in RNA editing play an important role in the disorder, scientists find.
UCLA’s Dr. Michael Gandal said that beyond the important new findings, he is even more optimistic about what the data will help researchers learn in the future.
The genetic technique is a step toward a strategy to help people with autism better process visual information.
A UCLA-led analysis identifies brain measures of major psychiatric disease. Researchers also pinpointed important differences in these disorders’ gene expression.
The five-year award will support work to identify the “missing pieces of the puzzle” behind the disorder.
The grant “will allow UCLA to continue our decade-long preeminence in groundbreaking autism research,” said Dr. Daniel Geschwind, director of the UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment.
UCLA’s Dr. Shafali Jeste says it is better to focus on therapies, such as behavioral interventions, for which there is evidence of a benefit.
This research highlights a promising biomarker to reveal the variability in cognitive function among children with the disorder.
UCLA researchers observed that mice with a form of autism had an inability to adapt to repeated whisker stimulation.
A new book for educators aims to help those with the disorder establish meaningful friendships and romantic relationships.
After 10 weeks, children who had received a UCLA-developed intervention for autism were spending more time interacting with others rather than playing independently.
UCLA researchers have identified a signature brain-wave pattern for children with autism spectrum disorder related to a genetic condition. They say this signature is among the first quantitative biomarkers for any syndrome associated with autism spectrum disorder.
UCLA’s Dr. Daniel Geschwind said the findings could point the way to the development of drugs that reverse the specific type of gene activity patterns in the brains of people with the disorder.
UCLA researchers and their colleagues say changes in brain cells could be key to understanding, treating the disease.
The discovery opens up a new avenue of research into autism’s causes and potential therapies.
Scientists find new autism-linked gene, and discover that autistic siblings don’t always have the same disease-related mutations.
UCLA scientists’ finding could lead to new therapies for the disorder, which affects one in 68 children in the United States.
Getting a diagnosis for Autism Spectrum Disorder as early as possible is important for early intervention.
Among young people with high-functioning autism, the areas of the brain linked to social behaviors are less developed and less-sufficiently networked than they are in those without autism.
The effort will be based at five academic research centers in three states, including California, but is intended to be a national resource.
New research highlights the value of a program at UCLA's Semel Institute that teaches social skills to high-functioning young adults with autism spectrum disorder.
Study may show a way to predict whether children with a genetic disorder will develop autism or psychosis
Findings are the first to shed light on the genetic differences between DiGeorge syndrome patients with autism and those with psychosis.