Press Releases & Articles
January 2012 - Autism and Prenatal Vitamins & Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Children with Autism - NIEHS 2011 Papers of the Year
January 28, 2012 - Discovering Autism: An Unsettling Boom - Los Angeles Times
February 21, 2012 - Genetics and Man-Made Chemicals Equally to Blame, Say Researchers - Irish Times
March 16, 2012 - NIEHS Director Shares Institute's Vision at UC Davis - UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine News
March 26, 2012 - Autism Speaks Awards $1.1 Million to Fund High Priority Studies - Science World Report
April 2, 2012 - Researchers Hunt for Causes of Autism - USA Today
April 8, 2012 - Maternal Obesity, Diabetes Associated with Autism, Other Developmental Disorders - UC Davis Health System News
April 9 - Study Warns of Autism Risk for Children of Obese Mothers (listen to the broadcast) - National Public Radio
April 16, 2012 - Hazards: Poor Health in Pregnancy Linked to Delays - New York Times (this is one of thousands of references to this story on the Internet)
April 24, 2012 - The Influence of PCB Exposure on Autism Development - UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine News
April 26, 2012 - PCB Exposure May Increase Risk of Autism - PsychCentral News
Additional links to PCB and Autism story (this story went viral on the Internet and is referenced on thousands of websites):
May 3, 2012 - Integrative Medicine: How to Reduce Exposure to Toxins - The Sacramento Bee
May 23, 2012 - Fever During Pregnancy More Than Doubles the Risk of Autism or Developmental Delay - Science Daily
This story went viral on the Internet. These are just a few of the thousands of references to this story.
UC Davis MIND Institute study shows that fever during pregnancy... (UCDMC Press Release)
Fevers during pregnancy linked to uutism, but medicine helps (Los Angeles Times)
Fever during pregnancy more than doubles the risk of autism (Medical Daily)
Fever during pregnancy doubles autism risk, study finds (Sacramento Bee)
May 24, 2012 - Autism's Rising Rates Increasingly Blamed On Toxic Chemicals - The Huffington Post
May 25, 2012 - Health Care Heroes: Irva Hertz-Picciotto - Sacramento Business Journal
August 3, 2012 - Nutrition and Neurodevelopment: Importance and Potential Mechanisms (video) - UC Davis MIND Summer Institute
August 8, 2012 - Tipping the Balance of Neural Networks with Persistent Organic Pollutants: Relevance to Autism Risk - Isaac Pessah (webinar) - EPA/NIEHS Children's Centers Webinars
August 8, 2012 - What Have We Learned About Autism and the Environment: An Epidemiologist's Perspective - Irva Hertz-Picciotto (webinar) - EPA/NIEHS Children's Centers Webinars
August 10, 2012 - Research Shows Gene Defect's Role in Autism-Like Behavior - UC Davis Health System News
August 14, 2012 - Antibacterial Agent Triclosan Shown to Hinder Muscle Movement in Mice, Fish - CBS News (this story went viral on the Internet and is referenced in thousands of articles)
August 17, 2012 - Johnson and Johnson to Phase Out Triclosan - Beyond Pesticides Daily News
Spring 2011 - Progress in Understanding Autism - UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine News
March 2011 - CHARGE Study Newsletter
March 2011 - Elevated Plasma Cytokines in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder - NIEHS Extramural Papers of the Month
March 31, 2011 - Interview for National Autism Awareness Month with Robin Hansen, M.D. (video) - KCRA Channel 58 News
April 18, 2011 - Work of UC Davis Autism Researchers to Be Featured on PBS Series - The Sacramento Bee
April 19, 2011 - Autism Now: Dr. Irva Hertz-Picciotto Extended Interview - PBS NewsHour
May 4, 2011 - Children's Center Researcher Receives Grant to Study Gastrointestinal Ailments in Autism - UC Davis MIND Institute Press Release
May 4, 2011 - Children Conceived in Winter Have a Greater Risk if Autism, Study Finds - UC Davis MIND Institute Press Release
May 9, 2011 - Winter Conception Tied to Raised Risk for Autism - U. S. News & World Report HealthDay News
May 24, 2011 - Women Who Start Prenatal Vitamins Early Are Less Likely to Have Children with Autism - UC Davis MIND Institute Press Release
May 24, 2011 - MIND Institute Researcher Receives Grant to Study Gastrointestinal Ailments in Autism - UC Davis MIND Institute Press Release
August 5, 2011 - Early Signs of Autism: Rethinking Onset (video), UC Davis MIND Summer Institute
August 5, 2011 - Environmental Contributors to Autism Spectrum Disorders (video), UC Davis MIND Summer Institute
September 14, 2011 - Risk of Recurrence of Autism in Younger Siblings Higher than Thought - UC Davis MIND Institute Press Release
September 29, 2011 - UC Davis MIND Institute MARBLES Study Receives $10 Million NIH Grant: Grant Extends Landmark Study of Environmental Causes and Biological Markers of Autism - UC Davis MIND Institute Press Release
October 6, 2011 - Grant Backs Autism Study's Expansion, The Davis Enterprise
October 18, 2011 - Genetic Variant and Autoantibodies Linked to Having a Child with Autism: Finding May Lead to Screening Test to Identify Susceptibility to Having an Autistic Child - UC Davis MIND Institute Press Release
January 4, 2010 - "UC Davis Researchers Identify Autism Clusters in California" - UC Davis MIND Institute Press Release
January 5, 2010 – “Autism May Cluster Among Highly Educated: California Study Finds a Higher Rate in Neighborhoods with Lots of College Grads” – U.S. News and World Report and other journals listed below, http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/brain-and-behavior/articles/2010/01/05/autism-may-cluster-among-highly-educated.html
February 7, 2010 – “UC Davis Aims to Turn More of Its Tech Into Business” – The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com/education/story/2518998.html
February 8, 2010 - "UC Davis Study Confirms Link Between Advanced Maternal Age and Autism" - UC Davis MIND Institute Press Release
February 9, 2010 – “Both Parents’ Ages Linked to Autism Risk” – The New York Times and other journals listed below:
February 9, 2010 – “Autism Risk in Kids Rises with Mom’s Age” – CBS News, Good Morning America and the Today Show & Scientific American,
February 16, 2010 – “Autism’s Earliest Symptoms Not Evident in Children Under 6 Months” - UC Davis Medical Center Press release and other journals below, http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/newsroom/
March 8, 2010 – “Parents Often Miss Subtle Autism Signs” – ABC News, http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Autism/autism-signs-symptoms-missed-parents/story?id=10013129
March 29, 2010 – “Visit Hospital Open House and More on Picnic Day” – UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Public Affairs, http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/whatsnew/article2.cfm?id=2177
June 7, 2010 - Autism typically not diagnosed until age 2 or 3 - Daily Camera
August 31, 2010 - Child Autism Epidemic Firmly Linked to Environment - The Huffington Post
Fall 2010 - UC Davis MIND Institute Newsletter Featuring the Children's Center
Fall 2010 Autism Speaks Top 10 Science Research Achievements - Mitochondrial disorder more common than expected in ASD.
Fall 2010 Autism Speaks Top 10 Science Research Achievements - A closer look at early autism symptoms that emerge in infancy
November 30, 2010 - Children With Autism Have Mitochondrial Dysfunction, Study Finds, Science Daily. See thousands of links to this story using the search terms: "Cell Dysfunction May Play Part in Autism"
November 1, 2010 - At Age of Peekaboo, in Therapy to Prevent Autism - The New York Times
November 10, 2010 - Babies and autism - Researcher explains timing for when infants exhibit first signs - UC Davis Spotlight
November 30, 2010 - UC Davis Study Finds Children with Autism Have Mitochondrial Dysfunction, Are Less Able to Produce Cellular Energy - UC Davis MIND Institute Press Release
December 11, 2010 - Breakthrough Discovery on the Causes of Autism - The Huffington Post (one of thousands of articles referencing this story)
December 16, 2010 - Researchers from Children's Hospital Los Angeles, USC, and UC Davis find Proximity to Freeway is Associated with Autism - UC Davis MIND Institute Press Release
January 8, 2009 – “UC Davis MIND Institute Study Shows California’s Autism Increase Not Due to Better Counting, Diagnosis” - UC Davis Health System Press Release
January 8, 2009 – “UC Davis Study: Autism is Environmental (Can We Move On Now?),” – The Huffington Post, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-kirby/uc-davis-study-autism-is_b_156153.html
January 9, 2009 – “ New Study: Autism Linked to Environment,” Scientific American, http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=autism-rise-driven-by-environment
January 11, 2009 – “What Does the MIND Study on Autism Prevalence Really Say,” About.com, http://autism.about.com/b/2009/01/11/what-does-the-mind-study-on-autism-prevalence-really-say.htm
January 12, 2009 – “News Reports Say That Rain Can Trigger Autism. Is That True?” - ScienceLine, http://scienceline.org/2009/01/12/ask-peeples-autism-rainfall-rain-precipitation-waldman-oregon-washington/
January 31, 2009 – “Autism ‘09” – KFOG 104.5 Radio, http://www.kfog.com/Community/TakePart.aspx
February 3, 2009 – “Seizures and the Immune System – Part 2” – AgeofAutism.com, http://www.ageofautism.com/2009/02/seizures-and-the-immune-system-part-2.html
February 11, 2009 - “Seizures and the Immune System – Part 3” – AgeofAutism.com, http://www.ageofautism.com/2009/02/seizures-and-the-immune-system-part-3.html
April 6, 2009 – “Unlocking Autism” – Discovery Health Channel, http://health.discovery.com/tv/unlocking-autism/unlocking-autism.html
April 14, 2009 – “How PCBs May Alter in Utero, Neonatal Brain Development” – ScienceDaily - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/04/090413204546.htm
April 2009 – “Poisoned Waters. Primer: Legacy Pollutants, What are the health risks of PCBs?” – PBS Frontline - http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/poisonedwaters/themes/legacy.html
April 2, 2009 – “World Autism Day” – NEWS10 KXTV ABC,
April 2, 2009 – “Progress is Slow in the War Against Autism” – CNN.COM, http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/04/02/autism.update/
April 13 2009 – “Researchers Identify How PCBs May Alter In Utero, Neonatal Brain Development,” UC Davis Health System Press Release
April 13, 2009 – “How PCBs May Hurt the Brain” – WebMD, http://www.webmd.com/brain/news/20090413/how-pcbs-may-hurt-the-brain
April 14, 2009 – “How PCBs May Alter In Utero, Neonatal Brain Development,” ScienceDaily.com, http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/04/090413204546.htm
April 22, 2009 – “New Studies Explain Link Between PCB Exposure and Brain Disorders in Children: Chemicals Alter Brain Cells by Targeting Specific Proteins,” The California Aggie
May 2009 – “Autism Speaks Environmental Innovator Award Recipient Publishes New Data,” http://www.autismspeaks.org/science/science_news/pessah_pcb_data.php
July/August 2009 – “Corn Syrup’s Mercury Surprise” - Mother Jones, http://motherjones.com/environment/2009/07/corn-syrups-mercury-surprise
July 16, 2009 – “Autism: It’s the Environment, Not Just Doctors Diagnosing More Disease” – San Francisco Chronicle, http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2009/07/16/hearstmaggreen442306.DTL
September 1, 2009 – “Prenatal Exposure to Dioxin-Like PCBs Interferes with Brain Development” – Press Release by UC Davis Health System and published in other journals below, http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/newsroom/releases/index.html
October 5, 2009 – “Government Finds Higher Autism Figure: 1 in 100” -- Article published in many journals.
October 12, 2009 – “UC Davis researchers receive prestigious stimulus grant for stem-cell research on FXTAS” – Press Release by UC Davis Health System, http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/newsroom/releases/index.html
October 19, 2009 – “UC Davis Study Finds Mercury Levels in Children with Autism and Those Developing Typically Are the Same” – Press Release by UC Davis Health System and published in other journals below, http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/newsroom/releases/index.html
October 21, 2009 – “UC Davis MIND Institute receives nearly $12 million in stimulus funds” – Press Release by UC Davis Health System and the Sacramento Business Journal, http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/newsroom/releases/index.html
January 25, 2008 – “Study explores autism link to immune system: UCD researchers find 11 genes more active in kids with disorder.” The Sacramento Bee. Interview with Jeffrey Gregg.
January 31, 2008 - Study shows vaccine-autism link unlikely. Infants are shown to rapidly metabolize the type of mercury used in the preservative thimerosal, still widely used in vaccines around the world.” Los Angeles Times. Interview with Isaac Pessah.
February 12, 2008 – “Antibodies May be Risk Factor for Autism,” United Press International, Quote from Judy van de Water.
February 12, 2008 – “Some Cases of Autism May Be Traced to the Immune Systems of Mothers During Pregnancy: UC Davis Discovery Could Lead to Prenatal Identification and Prevention,” UC Davis Health System Newsroom. Interview with Judy Van de Water. http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/newsroom/newdetail.html?key=425&svr=http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu
March 10, 2008 – “Case Study: Autism and Vaccines,” Time Magazine. Quotes from Isaac Pessah and Judith Van de Water. http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1721109,00.html
April 2008 – “In Good Hands,” Sacramento Magazine. Interview of CCEH investigators Sally Rogers and Sally Ozonoff. http://www.sacmag.com/media/Sacramento-Magazine/April-2008/In-Good-Hands/
April 2, 2008 – World Autism Awareness Day, ABC News 10 Sacramento. Featured in the story is a family from Folsom, the Dennisons, who discuss their daughter Isa's autism diagnosis. The family talks about why they chose to participate in the CHARGE study.
April 17, 2008 – “Autism Research: Visit the Center for Children’s Environmental Health Table at Picnic Day,” UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, What’s New.
April 17, 2008 – “April Is Autism Awareness Month,” UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, What’s New.
April 22, 2008 - "Environmental Agents in ASD: Molecular and Toxicologic Clues (video)," The Marino Autism Research Institute Scientific Symposium.
April 28, 2008 – “Parents, Families and Health Care Providers Invited to Attend Autism Research Town Hall Meeting,” UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, What’s New. Quotes from Cindy Lawler and Isaac Pessah.
May 2, 2008 – “Autism Forum Allows Parents to Have a Say,” The Sacramento Bee. Quotes from Isaac Pessah, Center Director, and Christine Flowers, NIEHS.
May 15, 2008 – “Pyrethrin Chemicals in Pet Shampoo May Increase Autism Risk,” TimesOnline. Quote from Irva Hertz-Picciotto, Proj. 1 http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/science/article3934070.ece
May 28, 2008 – “May 3 Town Hall Meeting: Autism research center needs parents to help set research priorities” – UC Davis Veterinary Medicine News & Events, http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/whatsnew/article2.cfm?id=1880
May 28, 2008 – “En español: Una reunion acerca del autismo para los padres y otros” – UC Davis Veterinary Medicine News & Events, http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/whatsnew/article2.cfm?id=1881
May 28, 2008 – “Agenda: Autism town hall meeting May 3,” UC Davis Veterinary Medicine News & Events, http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/whatsnew/article2.cfm?id=1882
June 20, 2008 – “CDC: Vaccine Study Design ‘Uninformative and Potentially Misleading” – The Huffington Post, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-kirby/cdc-vaccine-study-design_b_108398.html
July 4, 2008 – “Exploring the Origins of Autism” – Fairfiled-Suisun Daily Republic, http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/cceh/july408DailyRepublic.pdf
July 13, 2008 – “Mothers with High Blood Levels of PCBs are Less Likely to Give Birth to Males” – UC Davis MIND Institute Newsroom, http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu//mindinstitute/newsroom/newsdetail.html?key=1452&svr=http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu&table=published
July 22, 2008 – “Risks: High PCB Levels, Fewer Births of Boys” – The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/22/health/research/22risk.html?_r=4&sq=PCBs&st=cse&oref+slgin&scp=1&pagewanted=print&oref=slogin
July 29, 2008 – “A New Kind of PCB?” – Plenty Magazine, http://www.plentymag.com/thecurrent/2008/07/a_new_kind_of_pcb.php
August 19, 2008 – “Autism: Searching for Causes” – KQED TV, http://www.kqed.org/quest/television/autism-searching-for-causes
September 4, 2008 – “Fire Retardants Found in Children’s Blood: Toddlers Have 3 Times the Blood Levels of Fire Retardants as Moms, Study Shows; Industry Says Levels Safe” – WebMD, http://children.webmd.com/news/20080904/fire-retardant-toxins-in-your-kids-blood
September 22, 2008 – “Autism: searching for Causes” – Science Today at the University of California, http://www.ucop.edu/sciencetoday/article/18610
November 2008 – “Researchers from the School of Veterinary Medicine work with physician-scientists to seek the root causes of autism. Link to CCEH Fall 2008 Newsletter” – UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, What’s New?
November 6, 2008 – “Unusual Use of Toys in Infancy a Clue to Later Autism: ‘Atypical object exploration’ seen at 12 months in children later diagnosed with autism” – UC Davis MIND Institute Newsroom, http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/mindinstitute/newsroom/newsdetail.html?key=1344&svr=http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu&table=published
November 6, 2008 – “Unusual Use of Toys in Infancy a Clue to Later Autism” – Woodland Daily Democrat, http://www.dailydemocrat.com/news/ci_10916381
November 7, 2008 – “Community Gatepath Raises $93,000” – San Mateo County Times, http://www.insidebayarea.com/localnews/ci_10929201
November 11, 2008 – “New Memoir Reveals Realities of Living with Autistic Child” – Contra Costa Times, http://www.contracostatimes.com/localnews/ci_10947953
November 20, 2008 – “Autism Research” - KXTV Channel 10 Sacramento News, http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/cceh/kxtv.wmv
November 22, 2008 – “Researchers Attempt to Solve the Mystery of Autism” – Contra Costa Times, http://www.contracostatimes.com/search/ci_11051689?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com
November 23, 2008 – “Autism Study Spots Behavior Differences in 1-Year-Olds” – The Press-Enterprise, Inland Southern California’s Newspaper, http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/hotnews/antibacterial-products-risk.html
November 24, 2008 – “Possible Early Signs of Autism Identified” – amednews.com, The Newspaper for America’s Physicians, http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2008/11/24/hlbf1124.htm
December 11, 2008 – “Antibacterial Personal Hygiene Products May Not Be Worth Potential Risks” – Infection Control Today Magazine, http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/hotnews/antibacterial-products-risk.html
“Toxicologist Builds on Marine Biology Roots to Find Potential Causes of Autism,” UC Davis Health System Home Page Feature Story, January 4, 2007.
“Class of PCBs Causes Developmental Abnormalities in Rat Pups,” UC San Francisco Press Release, April 23, 2007.
“The Conundrum of Autism,” Chemical and Engineering News, May 14, 2007, pp. 32-35.
August 8, 2007 – “Pregnant Mothers Join Search for Causes of Autism,” UC Davis Health System Newsroom. Quotes from Isaac Pessah, Irva Hertz-Picciotto, and David A. Schwartz, NIEHS. Watch the video http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/newsroom/releases/archives/mind/2007/marblesPR8-2007.html
August 17, 2007 – “Autism Study,” National Public Radio. Interview with Irva Hertz-Picciotto at http://www.here-now.org/shows/2007/08/20070817_2.asp
December 4, 2007 – “The Center for Children’s Environmental Health Research and Disease Prevention,” UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, What’s New.
“The Increase in the Prevalence of Autism,” interview on KPBS-FM, San Diego, January 2006.
“Blood Genomics of Stroke in Animals and Humans,” Affymetrix Microarray Bulletin, Conference Call Seminar and Q&A, February 9, 2006.
"UC Davis Study with Mice Links Thimerosal with Immune System Dysfunction," UC Davis MIND Institute press release.
“Thimerosal Linked to Immune System Ills: The vaccine component has been suspected in autism, but study is no ‘smoking gun’ to UCD expert,” The Sacramento Bee, March 21, 2006.
“MIND Find in Autistic Males,” UC Davis Dateline, August 11, 2006.
“Isaac Pessah, Ph.D., Receives Inaugural CAN Environmental Innovator Award,” Cure Autism Now ADVANCES, Fall 2006.
“Center Focuses on Autism-Toxicant Connections,” UC Davis M.I.N.D. Matters, Vol 6, No. 2, Fall 2006.
“UCD Faculty Members Honored for Various Contributions,” The Davis Enterprise, November 17, 2006.
“Can Exposure to Environmental Toxicants Influence Autism Susceptibility?” Autism Society of America, Autism Advocate Special Edition and Website on Environmental Health and Autism, December 21, 2006.
"Children with Autism Have Distinctly Different Immune System Reactions Compared to Typical Children," UC Davis MIND Institute press release, May 5, 2005.