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Autism Article Noted as a Significant Discovery for 2011

January 6, 2012

January 6, 2012

The School of Veterinary Medicine faculty, staff and students congratulate Cecilia Giulivi, lead author of "Mitochondrial dysfunction in autism," for being recognized by the National Institute of  Environmental Health and Safety (NIEHS) as the author of one of the top 10 scientific papers of 2011.

Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in December 2010 (see related story), the article was also noted by the NIEHS as one of its favorite articles of the month in February 2011.

The Autism Speaks organization named the study one of its top 10 publications of 2010.

Cecilia Giulivi, a professor in the Department of Molecular Biosciences,
collaborated with Zhang YF, Omanska-Klusek A, Ross-Inta C, Wong S, Hertz-Picciotto I, Tassone F and Pessah IN. Because mitochondrial function may influence processes highly dependent on energy, such as neurodevelopment, the problem may contribute to autism. Giulivi's observational study is the first to examine these abnormalities in a well-defined population of children with autism.

Watch an interview with Dr. Giulivi at