autism spectrum disorders Archives
Autism and sleep problems
May. 10, 2022—Vanderbilt researchers developed a framework for using de-identified medical records to characterize sleep in people on the autism spectrum — a framework that should also be useful for studying other neurodevelopmental disorders.
ASD study explores link between repetitive motion, depression
Apr. 28, 2022—A Vanderbilt found that research into depression risk and resilience factors for adults with ASD is also critical to guide proper screening and intervention efforts.
Children with autism report greater gender diversity: study
Apr. 21, 2022—Vanderbilt researchers found that children with autism report higher rates of gender diversity — the way in which an individual experiences gender distinct from social norms for their gender assigned at birth — than their typically developing peers.
Project seeks to make zoos more autism-friendly
Sep. 30, 2021—Vanderbilt is collaborating with Oregon State University and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to support the Modeling Zoos and Aquariums as Inclusive Communities of Science (MoZAICS) project.
Youth with ASD have higher body mass index: study
Mar. 11, 2021—Vanderbilt researchers have concluded that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) tend to have higher body mass index (BMI) percentiles when compared to youth with typical development.
Females with autism reach puberty earlier: study
Feb. 25, 2021—Blythe Corbett, PhD, professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and investigator with the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, recently led a study which found that on average, females with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experienced the onset of puberty 9.5 months earlier than their peers.
Eskind gift to boost research on autism spectrum disorder
Sep. 17, 2020—Donna and Jeffrey Eskind, whose generous gifts have advanced Vanderbilt research that is improving lives, have made a new commitment of $2 million to endow a new chair in autism spectrum disorder research in the School of Medicine.
ACM gift aims to improve lives of children with autism spectrum disorder
Aug. 13, 2020—ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy of Country Music, has made a generous gift to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for programs and research demonstrating the healing power of music to improve the lives of children with autism spectrum disorder.
Reducing stress in parents of children with autism
Apr. 21, 2020—Parents of children with autism spectrum disorders benefited from the addition of mindfulness-based stress reduction to parent-implemented behavioral interventions.
Prevalence of autism rising in the U.S., new report finds
Mar. 26, 2020—The prevalence of autism spectrum disorder among U.S. 8-year-olds rose 10% between 2014 and 2016, new data published today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate.
Study reveals mysteries of critical brain receptor complex
Dec. 5, 2019—Poorly functioning AMPARs have been linked to a wide range of neurological and psychiatric disorders including seizures, Alzheimer’s disease, major depression and autism spectrum disorder. Understanding how AMPARs are formed and operate is essential for the rational design of pharmacological compounds that, by tuning AMPAR activity up or down, could improve treatment of these conditions.
Study explores genetic risk profiling of insomnia in autism
Nov. 7, 2019—Vanderbilt researchers are studying how genes affect sleep and circadian disturbances in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with a goal of creating a genetic risk profile of insomnia in ASD.