July 1, 2016
An unprecedented alliance of leading scientists, health professionals, and children’s and environmental health advocates agree for the first time that today’s scientific evidence supports a link between exposures to toxic chemicals in air, water, food and everyday products and children’s risks for neurodevelopmental disorders.
June 28, 2016
The Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (CEDD) at the UC Davis MIND Institute has received a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities grant award from the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
June 22, 2016
A UC Davis researcher has created a video game for children who experience cognitive impairments from genetic disorders with the hope that that it will improve their ability to mentally process information about space and time.
MIND Institute researcher studies feasibility of community providers training parents of children with autism
June 22, 2016
Research has long shown that parent-implemented “naturalistic developmental behavioral interventions,” which are applied in a child’s usual setting and designed to build developmentally appropriate skills, help decrease the main symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). However, parent training by community providers had not previously been studied.
Mothers with diabetes, other metabolic conditions, more likely to also have anti-fetal brain autoantibodies
June 17, 2016
Mothers of children with autism who were diagnosed with metabolic conditions during pregnancy, particularly gestational and type 2 diabetes, were more likely to have anti-fetal brain autoantibodies in their blood compared to healthy women of children with autism. The presence of these anti-fetal brain autoantibodies has been previously found to be specific to some mothers of children with autism and rare among mothers of children without autism, researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute have found.
Risk of autism with intellectual disability linked with maternal immune dysfunction during pregnancy
June 7, 2016
Pregnant women with higher levels of inflammatory cytokines and chemokines, proteins that control communication between cells of the immune system, may be at significantly greater risk of having a child with autism combined with intellectual disability, researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute have found.
June 7, 2016
Although emerging research has identified potential targets for investigational medications for autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders, there is a significant gap between when they are identified and when clinical trials begin for patients. Evdokia Anagnostou, a Toronto-based clinician/scientist, will discuss the pipeline from bench research to clinical trials during the next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series.
May 27, 2016
Grade school is an important period in children’s development, when they begin to mature and prepare to enter adolescence. Now, researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute hope to discover how to maximize that growth among children with autism to help them learn and thrive.
May 24, 2016
The highly successful Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) intervention for children with autism, co-developed by Sally Rogers, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the UC Davis MIND Institute, has expanded training to more than 20 countries around the world.
May 10, 2016
With the dramatic rise of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the numbers and types of interventions promoted to families and individuals with autism have surged as well.
May 3, 2016
Autism and cancer share more than 40 risk genes, suggesting that common mechanisms underlying the functions of some of these genes could conceivably be leveraged to develop therapies not just for cancer but for autism as well, an extensive assessment by researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute and Comprehensive Cancer Center has found.
April 27, 2016
Sean Sawicki, who has fragile X syndrome, can be hard to understand and doesn’t always have the attention span to carry on a sustained conversation. But a novel intervention developed by UC Davis MIND Institute researchers seems to be making a difference.
April 21, 2016
The UC Davis MIND Institute in Sacramento, Calif. today helped launch SPARK, an online research initiative designed to become the largest autism study ever undertaken in the United States. Sponsored by the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI), SPARK will collect information and DNA for genetic analysis from 50,000 individuals with autism — and their families — to advance our understanding of the causes of this condition and to hasten the discovery of supports and treatments. [español]
April 4, 2016
Whites with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in California receive more state funding than Hispanics, African Americans, Asians and others, new research from UC Davis Health System has found. The study also showed that spending on ASD increases dramatically with age. [en español]
March 30, 2016
A large study by researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute has found that a gene whose role is to suppress cellular damage from environmental stressors is nearly twice as likely to be defective in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and that the deficit is also present in their fathers.
March 23, 2016
Robert Hales, distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UC Davis, has received the 2016 Vestermark Award from the American Psychiatric Association (APA) for his excellence, leadership and creativity in the field of psychiatry education.
March 11, 2016
Visitors to the UC Davis MIND Institute’s Massie Family Clinic are now met with a wall of vibrant colors and whimsical designs in ceramic tile, a creation of The Mural Project, which combined the talents of three professional artists and artists with developmental disabilities from the Short Centers.
UC Davis MIND Institute seeks teens, young adults for imaging study of how brain transitions to adulthood
February 26, 2016
Researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute are seeking teens and young adults ages 12-22 to participate in an innovative brain imaging study aimed at understanding how the brain functions and behaviors emerge during a critical yet understudied period of development: the transition from adolescence to adulthood.
February 23, 2016
Megan Y. Dennis, an early-career UC Davis scientist, has been named a 2016 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Neuroscience.
February 22, 2016
The UC Davis MIND Institute, in partnership with Lynn and Keith Volkerts and the George and Lena Valente Foundation, will host an “Afternoon of Discovery and Discussion” on Sunday, March 6.
UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series features renowned neuroscientist Karl Deisseroth
February 8, 2016
Neuroscientist Karl Deisseroth, the D.H. Chen Professor of Bioengineering and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, will discuss “Illuminating the Brain in Health and Disease” during the next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 4:30 p.m.
December 30, 2015
Jonathan Kipnis, director of the Center for Brain Immunology and Glia (BIG) at the University of Virginia, will discuss “The Brain’s Lymphatic System and Behavior” during the next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation on Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 4:30 p.m.
November 4, 2015
Gregory Hickok, founder and director, Center for Language Science, UC Irvine, will discuss “The functional anatomy of language: four things you need to know,” during the December UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation.
October 29, 2015
Researchers with the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence and MIND Institute at UC Davis are seeking adult participants, aged 18 to 38 years and diagnosed with or suspected of having autism or Asperger’s disorder, to participate in a research study, the ACCESS Program (Acquiring Career, Coping, Executive-Function and Social Skills Program).
Amaral appointed to Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee of the Department of Health and Human Services
October 28, 2015
David Amaral, Beneto Foundation Chair and Director of Research, UC Davis MIND Institute, has been appointed by United States Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC), which advises the secretary on approaches to advance research, strengthen services and increase opportunities for people with autism spectrum disorder.
UC Davis MIND Institute studies the use of sertaline (Zoloft ®) in young children with autism spectrum disorder
September 18, 2015
Whether the language and social development of very young children with ASD can be improved through treatment with sertraline, commonly known by the brand name Zoloft ®, is the subject of a new clinical trial at the UC Davis MIND Institute.
September 16, 2015
The UC Davis MIND Institute kicks off its 2015-16 Distinguished Lecturer Series in October with an address by Lisa Croen, Director of the Kaiser Permanente Autism Research Program, who will address “The epidemiology of autism: Investigating perinatal risk factors.” The event will be held Wednesday, Oct. 14 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the MIND Institute, 2825 50th St. It is free and open to the public and no reservations are required.
September 16, 2015
Researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute are participating in an initiative project to provide better treatment for children with autism in under-served areas through a five-year, $10 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. The program aims, to bring evidence-based research practices to communities throughout the U.S.
August 25, 2015
Jair C. Soares, professor and Pat R. Rutherford, Jr., chair in psychiatry, UTHealth Medical School, will present the inaugural Lynne Ora Kushel Memorial Lecture on Bipolar Disorder at the UC Davis MIND Institute on Thursday, Oct. 1.
August 24, 2015
The evaluation of new treatments for autism spectrum disorder is being hampered by the lack of validated measures to assess the progress that individuals make in such treatments. UC Davis MIND Institute researchers, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota and University of Washington, will study the utility of methods for measuring language acquisition in people with autism spectrum disorder, in order to evaluate their treatment progress, through a $125,000 seed grant from the Simons Foundation for Autism Research.
August 21, 2015
Fereydoun Hormozdiari recently has joined the UC Davis faculty as an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, affiliated with the Human Genome Center and the UC Davis MIND Institute.
August 18, 2015
Megan Y. Dennis recently joined the faculty of the UC Davis MIND Institute and the Human Genome Center as an assistant professor in biochemistry and molecular medicine. Dennis’s research involves the use of genomic and genetic techniques to explore the underlying causes of neurological disorders, including autism spectrum disorder.