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Study may point to new treatment approach for ASD

Nov. 16, 2017—Using sophisticated genome mining and gene manipulation techniques, researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) have solved a mystery that could lead to a new treatment approach for autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

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Study reveals possible ‘dimmer switch’ drug for Rett syndrome

Mar. 3, 2016—Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have relieved symptoms in a mouse model of Rett syndrome with a drug-like compound that works like the dimmer switch in an electrical circuit.

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Autism Speaks lauds Camarata’s contributions, years of support

Dec. 18, 2014—Stephen Camarata, Ph.D., professor of Hearing and Speech Sciences, has been honored by Autism Speaks, a national autism advocacy and research organization, for dedicated service.

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VU receives grant renewal from Autism Speaks

Aug. 28, 2014—Autism Speaks is renewing Vanderbilt University as an Autism Treatment Network (ATN) site with a three-year, $420,000 grant.

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Sanders named TRIAD’s new medical director

Jul. 31, 2014—Kevin Sanders, M.D., assistant professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, has been named medical director for the Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD).

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Autism Speaks grant boosts Rett syndrome research

Jan. 23, 2014—Colleen Niswender, Ph.D., research associate professor of Pharmacology, has received a three-year, $450,000 grant from the autism science and advocacy organization Autism Speaks to support studies investigating a possible new treatment for Rett syndrome.

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Brain-gut connection in autism

Jan. 9, 2014—An association between rigid-compulsive behaviors and gastrointestinal symptoms in autism spectrum disorder may point to a common biological pathway that impacts both the brain and the gut.

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iPads help late-speaking children with autism develop language

Nov. 12, 2013—The iPad you use to check email, watch episodes of "Mad Men" and play Words with Friends may hold the key to enabling children with autism to express themselves through speech.

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Autism speeds motion perception

Jun. 7, 2013—Children with autism spectrum disorder are better at perceiving the motion of certain objects than are typically developing children their age.

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Autism Speaks: Researching sleep, tirelessly

Nov. 13, 2012—Sleep research is one of the many initiatives made possible through Vanderbilt’s participation in the Autism Treatment Network.

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Mouse model for autism yields clues to a 50-year-old mystery

Mar. 20, 2012—A genetic variation that causes early disruptions in serotonin signaling in the brain may contribute to autism spectrum disorder and other enduring effects on behavior.

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‘Toolkit’ makes bedtime less stressful for children with autism

Feb. 27, 2012—A new resource developed by the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center could improve sleep for children with autism.

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