Autism Speaks: UC Davis Discoveries in "Top 10"
MIND Institute autism studies among top 10 in 2010
January 18, 2011
Two UC Davis MIND Institute research studies are included in Autism Speaks’ top 10 autism research achievements of 2010. Autism Speaks is the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
- Research led by Sally Ozonoff, professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and vice chair for research at the MIND Institute, found that autism’s earliest symptoms are not evident in infants less than six months of age. The research was published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry in February.
- Research led by Cecilia Giulivi, professor of molecular bioscience in the School of Veterinary Medicine, and Isaac Pessah, chair of molecular bioscience and director of the UC Davis Children’s Center for Environmental Health and Disease Prevention, found that children with autism exhibit dysfunction in mitochondrial DNA. The research was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in November. The research was funded in part by the MIND Institute.
The UC Davis MIND Institute, in Sacramento, Calif., was founded in 1998 as a unique interdisciplinary research center where parents, community leaders, researchers, clinicians and volunteers collaborate to study and treat autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. The institute has major research efforts in autism, Tourette syndrome, fragile X syndrome, chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). More information about the institute, including previous presentations in its Distinguished Lecture Series, is available on the web at http://healthsystem.ucdavis.edu/mindinstitute/.
The Center for Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention, based at the School of Veterinary Medicine, is a multi-disciplinary research organization established to examine how toxic chemicals may influence the development of autism in children.
The Department of Molecular Biosciences serves as the academic home for all nutritional, physiological chemistry, and pharmacologic and toxicologic programs of the School of Veterinary Medicine.