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Immunology expert to discuss the role of T cells in brain health

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.

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The functional anatomy of language: Four things you need to know

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 2015arrow

MIND Institute offers program for adults with autism spectrum disorder

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.

September 2015arrow

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.

2015-16 MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series starts Oct. 14

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.

Initiative to improve treatment, services for children with autism receives $10 million grant

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 2015arrow

UC Davis MIND Institute to present inaugural Lynne Ora Kushel Memorial Lecture on Bipolar Disorder

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.

MIND Institute researchers receive grant to measure language acquisition in autism

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.

Hormozdiari joins UC Davis MIND Institute, Human Genome Center

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.

Megan Dennis joins UC Davis MIND Institute, Human Genome Center

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. 

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Autism costs estimated to reach nearly $500 billion, potentially $1 trillion, by 2025

July 28, 2015

UC Davis health economists have for the first time projected the total costs of caring for all people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the U.S. for the current calendar year and in 10 years if effective interventions and preventive treatments for the condition are not identified and widely available.

June 2015arrow

UC Davis awards $1 million for brain research

June 24, 2015

UC Davis is stimulating innovative, collaborative brain research with a new program offering funding for projects with strong potential to lead to impactful discoveries.

Evaluating intelligence testing in individuals with intellectual disability

June 18, 2015

Since the latter part of the 19th and early 20th centuries, intelligence tests have attempted to measure human intellectual capabilities. The most common assigns an intelligence quotient, or “IQ” score for normal intelligence in the 90-to-110 point range. Below-normal intelligence falls below 80 IQ points.

UC Davis Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities to hold Summer Institute on Neurodevelopmental Disorders

June 18, 2015

The 12th Annual UC Davis Summer Institute on Neurodevelopmental Disorders — one of the nation's premier gatherings of health professionals, educators and families interested in research and best practices in the field of neurodevelopmental disorders — will be held Friday, Aug. 7, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the UC Davis Conference Center, 550 Alumni Lane, on the University of California, Davis campus. The Institute is sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (CEDD) of the UC Davis MIND Institute and the UC Davis Health System Office of Continuing Medical Education. 

The constant movement in ADHD may help children think, perform in school

June 10, 2015

The constant movement of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be distracting -- but the fidgeting also may improve their cognitive performance, a study by researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute has found. The take-away message: The hyperactivity seen in ADHD may help children think. [en español]

Early intervention program improves long-term outcomes for children with autism

June 9, 2015

An early intervention program for toddlers with autism spectrum disorder improves their intellectual abilities and reduces autism symptoms -- and those results persist years after the children originally received treatment, a new study shows.

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UC Davis MIND Institute research finds differences in the brains and behavior of girls and boys with autism

May 12, 2015

New research conducted by the UC Davis MIND Institute on a large cohort of preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder has found differences in the underlying biology of their brains, and in  their behavior, that may help explain how the condition affects a little-studied and poorly understood population of children: girls. [en español]

April 2015arrow

Marjorie Solomon named to Marvin 'Buzz' Oates and Family Endowed Chair in Lifespan Development in Autism

April 29, 2015

Marjorie Solomon, associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and a with a faculty member at the UC Davis MIND Institute and Imaging Research Center, has been named to the Marvin "Buzz" Oates and Family Endowed Chair in Lifespan Development in Autism in the UC Davis School of Medicine.

MIND Institute researchers receive grant to study schizophrenia in children with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome

April 21, 2015

Researchers studying a genetic disorder that in childhood causes anxiety and learning differences, but in adolescence or early adulthood results in schizophrenia in nearly one third of those affected, will investigate how emotional and intellectual challenges impact the development of early psychosis symptoms in this very high-risk population, through a new five-year, $2.5 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health.

The brain and behavioral effects of early exposure to chlorpyrifos

April 21, 2015

In a presentation scheduled for May 20 Virginia Rauh, a researcher from Columbia University, will discuss her studies of the effects of prenatal exposure to chlorpyrifos, a common insecticide and neurotoxicant, in a group of inner-city minority children.

David Amaral named editor-in-chief of Autism Research

April 2, 2015

David G. Amaral, director of research at the UC Davis MIND Institute, has been named the new editor-in-chief of Autism Research, the peer-reviewed journal of the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) and its publishing partner, Wiley. Amaral succeeds Anthony J. Bailey, the journal’s first editor-in-chief, who will step down at the end of March after nearly six years in the position.

March 2015arrow

International team of researchers led by UC Davis receives $4 million NIH grant to study skull disorder in infants

March 31, 2015

Simeon Boyd, UC Davis professor of genetics and pediatrics, has received a nearly $4 million, five-year grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research to lead a team of physicians and scientists from more than 10 centers in the United States and seven international sites, including Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary, Italy and the United Kingdom, to study craniosynostosis, the premature fusion of the bony plates of the skull in infants.

MIND Institute holds 6th Annual Poetry and Art Night

March 26, 2015

On Monday, April 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., the UC Davis MIND Institute will partner with the Sacramento Poetry Center to present the 6th Annual Poetry & Art Night. The event will feature original works by poets who connect with the experience of living with autism. Attendees also will view the MIND Institute collection of paintings and drawings by artists with neurodevelopmental disorders.

UC Davis receives $10 million grant to establish center to study schizophrenia

March 26, 2015

UC Davis will establish a prestigious, leading-edge center to advance innovative research into the origins of schizophrenia: A Silvio O. Conte Center for Basic or Translational Mental-Health Research, one of only 15 such centers in the United States.

ADHD Program selected for new PEER patient portal by Genetic Alliance

March 25, 2015

The ADHD Program at the UC Davis MIND Institute has been selected to participate in an initiative that will link people with the condition in Sacramento and beyond with clinicians, researchers, advocates, support groups and each other, through an innovative privacy-assured online platform called Platform for Engaging Everyone Responsibly, or PEER.

Randi Hagerman receives International Sisley-Lejeune Foundation Award

March 18, 2015

Randi Hagerman, medical director of the UC Davis MIND Institute, has received the prestigious International Sisley-Jerome Lejeune Award 2014 from the Paris-based Jérôme Lejeune Foundation, for her groundbreaking work developing targeted treatments for individuals with fragile X syndrome, a leading cause of intellectual disability and the leading single-gene cause of autism spectrum disorder.  

Steinberg to present two lectures on mental-health policy in California at UC Davis in April

March 10, 2015

Former California Senate Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg, who recently joined UC Davis Health System as director of policy and advocacy for the UC Davis Behavioral Health Center of Excellence and visiting professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, will present two special lectures in April.

Pediatric bipolar disorder the topic of next UC Davis MIND Institute distinguished lecture

March 9, 2015

Mani Pavuluri, founding director of the Pediatric Mood Disorders Clinic and the Pediatric Brain Research and Intervention Center at the University of Illinois, Chicago, will address brain dysfunction in pediatric bipolar disorder during the next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series address.

What we can learn about dyslexia using brain-imaging studies

March 6, 2015

How imagining technology illuminates the differences between the workings of the brain in children and adults with reading disability, or dyslexia, and those of people without the disorder, will be the topic of the March 2015 UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation.