Music May Be an Effective Guide For Understanding Human Brain Activity

NSF grant supports research to develop new models to better understand the brain TROY, N.Y. — When Sergio Pequito thinks about the brain, he visualizes a piano. The keys represent different parts of the brain, and the pressure applied by the pianist’s fingers represents the outside stimuli that promote brain functions.  Just as notes and… Read More Music May Be an Effective Guide For Understanding Human Brain Activity

Sleep Problems in Children

Teens with Autism Are Focus of New AAN Guideline It is not uncommon for children and teens with autism spectrum disorder to struggle with sleep. Trouble falling asleep and staying asleep or refusing to go to bed are just some of the sleep problems they can experience. To help families, neurologists and other healthcare providers… Read More Sleep Problems in Children

Mutations in Sperm May Reveal Risk for Autism

Researchers Use SDSC’s ‘Comet’ Supercomputer to Analyze Genome Sequences While the causes of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are not fully understood, researchers believe both genetics and environment play a role. In some cases, the disorder is linked to de novo mutations that appear only in the child and are not inherited from either parent’s DNA. In a… Read More Mutations in Sperm May Reveal Risk for Autism

Predicting Autism Risk

New research study will analyze dried blood spots recorded from California newborns for 1,000 different molecules and chemicals; their tell-tale presence might predict autism risk years before symptoms appear, prompting early treatment and perhaps prevention Within days of birth, a few drops of blood are collected from every newborn in California—and across the United States… Read More Predicting Autism Risk