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Camp MIND helps children enhance social skills, develop new friendships

July 10, 2017

The little brown-haired girl looked shyly at the man behind the counter at the café and took a breath.

June 2017arrow

New grant aims to improve and broaden schools' practices for children with autism

June 23, 2017

The UC Davis MIND Institute has received a 3-year, $1.4 million grant to study how to build a statewide network to improve use of evidence-based practices for students with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).

Researchers validate mouse model for autism

June 22, 2017

Researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital have confirmed that mice without the Shank3B protein model aspects of brain physiology and behavioral symptoms observed in people with autism. The findings confirm that Shank3B knockout mice provide a valuable research tool for future efforts to develop new therapies. The study, supported by Autism Speaks, was published in the journal Molecular Autism.

Peer group intervention can encourage inclusion of kids with ADHD

June 7, 2017

Amori Mikami, associate professor and clinical psychologist at the University of British Columbia, will speak about ways to increase inclusion of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in peer groups at a free public lecture June 14 at 4:30 p.m. at the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento.

May 2017arrow

Research examines relationship between autism and genetic disease in children

May 8, 2017

Researcher and child neurologist Mustafa Sahin will speak about the relationship between the genetic disease tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) and autism in a free public lecture on May 17 at 4:30 p.m. at the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th Street in Sacramento.

MIND Institute Open House reservations still open

May 4, 2017

The UC Davis MIND Institute open house will be held Saturday, May 6  from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and reservations are still available.

April 2017arrow

New research on treatment for pediatric bipolar disorder focus of UC Davis lecture

April 17, 2017

While medication is a common treatment for adults who suffer from bipolar disorder, not much research has been done on this treatment in pediatric patients – until now.

Improving outcomes for adults with autism spectrum disorder

April 7, 2017

Adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) will be the topic of the next Minds behind the MIND lecture on April 19 at 5:30 p.m. at the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. The lecture is free and open to the public.

UC Davis MIND Institute observes Autism Awareness Month

April 5, 2017

April is Autism Awareness Month, and the UC Davis MIND Institute has several events planned to help increase understanding of and provide resources to families affected by the disorder. All events will be held at the MIND Institute, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento.

Finding signs of anxiety and autism early in infants with fragile X syndrome

April 4, 2017

Anxiety and autism are often key features of children with fragile X syndrome, but are not always identified early in life when treatments may be most effective.

March 2017arrow

Cerebrospinal fluid shows promise as autism biomarker

March 6, 2017

Researchers from the UC Davis MIND Institute, University of North Carolina (UNC) and other institutions have found that altered distribution of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in high-risk infants can predict whether they will develop autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The study appears today in the journal Biological Psychiatry.

How one gene can worsen the effect of a pregnant woman's illness on the fetal brain

March 2, 2017

Professor and researcher Theo Palmer will speak about the relationship between maternal illness and autism genes in a free public lecture on March 8 at 4:30 p.m. at the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th Street in Sacramento.

February 2017arrow

UC Davis computational molecular biologist named Sloan fellow to study genetic causes of complex disorders

February 27, 2017

Fereydoun Hormozdiari, an early-career UC Davis scientist, has been named a 2017 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Computational & Evolutionary Molecular Biology. He is one of 126 scholars to receive the prestigious award, which comes with $60,000 over two years to conduct leading-edge research.

MIND Institute grant aims to help schools and clinics treat children with autism

February 24, 2017

Aubyn Stahmer, director of community-based treatment research at the UC Davis MIND Institute, has received a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to study different ways to support training to providers who treat children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Placenta provides time capsule for autism studies

February 21, 2017

In two recent studies, researchers at UC Davis have shown that the placenta can provide critical information about early changes to the intra-uterine environment that may influence fetal development and ultimately, children’s brains.

January 2017arrow

How maternal immune response to allergies may affect neurodevelopment

January 31, 2017

Researchers at UC Davis have published a study that illustrates how maternal immune activation could affect neurodevelopment in offspring.

John Elder Robison to speak on autism at upcoming UC Davis MIND Institute lecture

January 3, 2017

New York Times bestselling author and autism advocate John Elder Robison will speak on “Life with Autism” in a free public lecture on Jan. 11 at 4:30 p.m. at the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento.

December 2016arrow

UC Davis MIND Institute part of national study on video game-like therapy for ADHD

December 28, 2016

The UC Davis MIND Institute is participating in a nationwide ADHD study using a scientifically designed video game-like technology.

Fragile X drug trial gets $11.5 million in NIH funding

December 15, 2016

The UC Davis MIND Institute and Rush University Medical Center have been awarded $11.5 million from the National Institutes of Health to test a new therapy designed to improve language learning for children fragile X syndrome. 

Genetics and environment combine to influence autism-associated genes

December 13, 2016

Researchers at UC Davis have shown that a well-known neurotoxin (PCB 95) and a chromosomal duplication (Dup15q) have a profound impact on DNA methylation, the epigenetic process that can influence gene activity. These cumulative genetic and environmental “hits” alter the epigenetic landscape during development, altering genes linked to autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The study was published in the journal Cell Reports.

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UC Davis MIND Institute to host 22q deletion syndrome event and presentation

October 27, 2016

The UC Davis MIND Institute will host a “Chromosome 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome Family Meeting” on Sunday, Nov. 6 featuring a 22q Mystery Bus Tour with games, giveaways and education station application consultations.

Elimination of synapses in the brain the topic of MIND Institute's next distinguished lecture

October 26, 2016

One of the major unsolved mysteries in neuroscience is how synapses are eliminated in the brain during normal development. This pruning process is required for precise brain wiring, but what drives the elimination of specific synapses remains unclear. Neuroscientist Beth Stevens will explore her recent research, which revealed a key role for microglia in synaptic pruning in a free public lecture at the UC Davis MIND Institute on Nov. 9. at 4:30 p.m.

Bullying, la vulnerabilidad de los niños con discapacidades será el tema de la próxima charla de Minds Behind the MIND

October 21, 2016

Este mes se retoman las charlas de Minds Behind the MIND 2016-2017 con un taller en español para familias y educadores denominado “Ingredientes para una sociedad basada en relaciones saludables: ¿Cómo identificamos, manejamos y enseñamos a hablar de emociones cuando hay una discapacidad?” Alazne Aizpitarte y Aritz Aranbarri, académicas con posdoctorado del MIND Institute, presentarán esta charla gratuita el sábado 29 de octubre desde las 9 a.m. a la 1:30 p.m.

Bullying, vulnerability of children with disabilities the topic of upcoming Minds Behind the MIND lecture

October 21, 2016

The 2016-2017 Minds Behind the MIND lecture series resumes this month with a Spanish-speaking workshop for families and educators entitled “Ingredients for a healthy relationship-based society: How do we identify, talk about and manage emotions in the context of a disability?”

New grants help UC Davis researchers home in on Angelman syndrome treatment

October 20, 2016

Two UC Davis researchers have received grants totaling $1.6 million to advance their work to find an effective treatment for Angelman syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that causes seizures and sleep disturbances and inhibits language development.

Expert on Mental Function in Aging Elected to National Academy of Medicine

October 18, 2016

John Morrison, professor of neurology at the University of California, Davis, and director of the California National Primate Research Center, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine, one of the world’s most prestigious scientific bodies.

Brain foods and cognitive health the topic of upcoming community discovery lecture

October 12, 2016

While aging is inevitable, most people want to maintain their brain power including memory, reading comprehension and cognitive skills. But like most organs in the body, by the mid-40s brains suffer a measureable decline, which can affect memory and reasoning, and many people develop age-related brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

Nutrition and early development the topic of MIND Institute's next distinguished lecture

October 3, 2016

An understanding of the effect of nutrients on brain structure and cognitive development in infants and children has advanced maternal and infant nutrition over the past two decades.

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UC Davis joins large-scale effort to identify environmental influences on child health

September 26, 2016

UC Davis will receive $3.9 million from the National Institutes of Health to join the first phase of a seven-year initiative called Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes, or ECHO.

Autism therapy the topic of MIND Institute's first distinguished lecture this season

September 7, 2016

The road to treating children with autism is still being paved, and while scientific, regulatory and other obstacles may slow progress, families and researchers alike are determined to forge ahead.

Cognitive function tests reliable for people with intellectual disabilities, UC Davis research shows

September 6, 2016

Researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute have found that a battery of tests appears to have strong potential for measuring cognitive changes over time for people with intellectual disabilities. The work could open new doors to research into whether drugs and specialized educational programs or treatments can improve function in people with Down syndrome, fragile X syndrome and other causes of intellectual disabilities.

August 2016arrow

Sertraline, brand named Zoloft, improves functioning in young children with fragile X

August 26, 2016

Treatment with sertraline may provide nominal but important improvements in cognition and social participation in very young children with fragile X syndrome, the most common genetic cause of intellectual disability and the leading single-gene cause of autism, a study by researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute has found.