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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.

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Spanish-language seminar slated on the family dynamics of having a child with special needs

February 3, 2015

The UC Davis Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (CEDD) will hold a panel discussion on “Developing and Maintaining Positive Relationships in the Community and the Family” for individuals with children with special needs on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please note: This discussion will be presented entirely in Spanish. The presentation will be held in the MIND Institute auditorium, at 2825 50th St., Sacramento. It is free and open to the public and no reservations are required. Seating is first-come, first-served. No children will be allowed.

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Aubyn Stahmer, expert in translating autism research into community practice, joins UC Davis MIND Institute

January 8, 2015

Aubyn Stahmer, an expert in the translation of evidence-based autism research to community-based practice and delivery, has joined the UC Davis MIND Institute as an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

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Recipient of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine to speak at MIND Institute

December 17, 2014

Thomas C. Südhof, recipient of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine, will address his research on how defects in a ‘glue’ that binds together proteins at the neuronal synapses may play a role in the etiology of autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia and other psychiatric neurodevelopmental conditions, during the first 2015 UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series address in January.

UC Davis Multidisciplinary ALS Clinic named a Certified Treatment Center of Excellence by the ALS Association

December 12, 2014

The UC Davis Multidisciplinary ALS Clinic has been named an ALS Association Certified Treatment Center of Excellence, in acknowledgement of its meeting the highest levels of established national standards of care for the management of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Preeclampsia during mother's pregnancy associated with greater autism risk

December 8, 2014

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were more than twice as likely to have been exposed in utero to preeclampsia, and the likelihood of an autism diagnosis was even greater if the mother experienced more severe disease, a large study by researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute has found.

Randi Hagerman celebrated for C. Anderson Aldrich Award

December 4, 2014

The UC Davis MIND Institute on Wednesday celebrated the achievements of Medical Director Randi Hagerman, who in October received the C. Anderson Aldrich Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics, one of the most prestigious awards in the United States for a pediatrician.

MIND Institute says "thank you" to hundreds of participants in its research

December 3, 2014

Hundreds of participants in UC Davis MIND Institute research and their families will head into the woods to “Explore the Great Outdoors” during its 12th Annual Thank You Party on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 1 to 4 p.m. The party is held to thank the children, adolescents, adults and their families who make the MIND Institute's groundbreaking research into autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions possible.

How the diagnosis of autism helps us learn more about autism the topic of MIND Institute lecture

December 1, 2014

Natacha Akshoomoff, UC San Diego associate professor of psychiatry, will discuss “How the diagnosis of autism helps us learn more about autism,” during the December UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer series presentation.

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MIND Institute offers Social Knowledge Workshop for adults with autism

November 26, 2014

Beginning in February, the UC Davis MIND Institute will offer the Adult Social Knowledge (ASK) Workshop for individuals 18 to 35 with a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder, such as high-functioning autism or Asperger syndrome. The workshop’s aims are to provide adults with autism an opportunity to practice their social skills in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere while having fun.

UC Davis investigational medication used to resolve life-threatening seizures in children

November 12, 2014

In its first clinical application in pediatric patients, an investigational medication developed and manufactured at UC Davis has been found to effectively treat children with life-threatening and difficult-to-control epileptic seizures without side effects, according to a research report by scientists at UC Davis and Northwestern University.

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UC Davis MIND Institute researchers to establish new tests to evaluate cognitive growth in people with intellectual disability

October 30, 2014

Researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute will develop and evaluate tests designed to measure and track changes in the cognitive functioning of people who typically are difficult to assess accurately: those with an intellectual disability, formerly termed mental retardation. The research will be funded through a new, five-year, $3.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Kay Redfield Jamison to discuss Professional and Personal Perspectives on Bipolar Illness

October 27, 2014

Kay Redfield Jamison, Dalio Family Professor in Mood Disorders and co-director of the Mood Disorders Center at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, will discuss "Professional and Personal Perspectives on Bipolar Illness," during a lecture on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 5 p.m. in the auditorium of the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St.

Young Adult Outcomes topic of next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation

October 17, 2014

Research examining what happens to young adults with autism spectrum disorder when they leave high school will be the topic of the November UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation. The discussion, on “Young Adult Outcomes,” will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento.

Randi Jenssen Hagerman receives C. Anderson Aldrich Award from American Academy of Pediatrics

October 15, 2014

Randi Jenssen Hagerman, medical director of the UC Davis MIND Institute, Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Endowed Chair in Fragile X Research and Treatment, has received the prestigious C. Anderson Aldrich Award in Child Development for her outstanding contributions in the field of child development from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the professional organization for pediatricians in the United States.

MIND Institute receives $900,000 grant to study use of sertraline in young children with autism spectrum disorder

October 8, 2014

Focusing on treatments to ameliorate autism symptoms, researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute will launch the first study to examine the effectiveness of the use of sertraline, commonly known as Zoloft®™, in children as young as 2 to 6 years, through a three-year, $900,000 grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Researchers seeking middle-aged and older men for aging study

October 6, 2014

How alterations in a single gene on the X chromosome affects neurological and psychological functioning in men as they age is the subject of a new study by UC Davis MIND Institute researchers.

MIND Institute slates seminar to address stress among families caring for people with neurodevelopmental disorders

October 6, 2014

The UC Davis MIND Institute’s venerable Minds Behind the MIND series will launch its 2014-15 season in October with a departure from its previous format. The quarterly evening lectures have been replaced by Saturday morning presentations featuring UC Davis faculty and community representatives.

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Mothers of children with autism less likely to have taken iron supplements during pregnancy

September 21, 2014

Mothers of children with autism are significantly less likely to report taking iron supplements before and during their pregnancies than the mothers of children who are developing normally, a study by researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute has found.

Katherine Rauen named 2014 Rare Champion of Hope honoree

September 15, 2014

Katherine Rauen, professor in the Department of Pediatrics and a physician-scientist affiliated with UC Davis MIND Institute and UC Davis Children’s Hospital, has received the 2014 Rare Champion of Hope Honoree in Science.

Intervention in 6-month-olds with autism ameliorates symptoms, alleviates developmental delay

September 8, 2014

Treatment at the earliest age when signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) appear – sometimes in infants as young as 6 months old – significantly reduces symptoms so that, by age 3, most who received the therapy had neither ASD nor developmental delay, a UC Davis MIND Institute research study has found. [español]

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UC Davis MIND Institute researchers launch study examining autism in girls

August 28, 2014

Autism is far more common in boys than girls - affecting 1 in 54 boys and 1 in 252 girls — but little is known about biological differences between boys and girls with autism. A new study, called the ‘Girls with Autism — Imaging of Neurodevelopment’ or GAIN Study, led by researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute will explore those differences in very young girls with autism.

Hagerman, Hendren publish comprehensive book on treatments for neurodevelopmental disorders

August 25, 2014

Randi Hagerman, Endowed Chair in Fragile X Research and medical director of the UC Davis MIND Institute, and Robert Hendren, professor, vice chair and director of child and adolescent psychiatry in the UC San Francisco Department of Psychiatry, are the editors of a new leading-edge book, Treatment of Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Targeting Neurobiological Mechanisms, published by Oxford University Press. The book details advances in genetics, neurobiology and psychopharmacology, and their treatment applications in clincial settings

University of California brings researchers together for statewide autism summit

August 13, 2014

Bringing together the research prowess of the University of California to address the increase in autism incidence, its public health impacts, and the need to speed the development of treatments for affected individuals and their families, internationally respected scientists from UC campuses at Irvine, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Davis will converge at the UC Davis MIND Institute for a daylong summit on innovative translational neurodevelopmental research.

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MIND Institute seeks participants for working memory study

July 29, 2014

The UC Davis MIND Institute is seeking participants for a study examining the benefits of a computer-based, game-oriented training program for enhancing working memory in children and adolescents with autism and fragile X syndrome. Participants must be between 8 and 17 and have been diagnosed with either autism or fragile X.

MIND Institute researchers seek infants for study on early signs of autism and ADHD

July 18, 2014

UC Davis MIND Institute researchers are seeking participants for a new study that will examine the early development of infants who have an older sibling with autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or who are developing typically. In an effort to detect the earliest signs of developmental problems, the researchers will test a new online screening measure that uses videos to help parents track their infants’ development.

UC Davis professor receives award to develop preventive treatment for autism

July 14, 2014

The Hartwell Foundation has presented an Individual Biomedical Research Award to Professor Judy A. Van de Water of the University of California, Davis, recognizing research that could affect nearly one in every four cases of autism among children in the U.S.

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UC Davis MIND Institute study finds association between maternal exposure to agricultural pesticides, autism in offspring

June 22, 2014

Pregnant women who lived in close proximity to fields and farms where chemical pesticides were applied experienced a two-thirds increased risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder or other developmental delay, a study by researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute has found. The associations were stronger when the exposures occurred during the second and third trimesters of the women’s pregnancies. [en español]

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June MIND Institute Distinguished Lecture to address adult treatments for neurodevelopmental disorders

May 28, 2014

Alcino J. Silva, an internationally respected professor of neurobiology, psychiatry and psychology and director of the Integrative Center for Learning and Memory at UCLA, will discuss “Mechanisms and Adult Treatments for Neurodevelopmental Disorders” during the June UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation.

MIND Institute celebrates its volunteers

May 22, 2014

The MIND Institute celebrated its more than 150 volunteers with a reception on Friday, May 16. At the institute, volunteers play crucial roles throughout the organization, from assisting families and clinicians who are seeing children in the research and diagnostic clinics, to supporting bench research.  

MIND Institute celebrates 22q at the Zoo Worldwide Awareness Day

May 20, 2014

The UC Davis MIND Institute on May 18 participated in 22q at the Zoo Worldwide Awareness Day to increase knowledge of chromosome 22q11.2 deletion/duplication syndrome.

From Genes to Biology in Autism Spectrum Disorder topic of next MIND Institute lecture

May 8, 2014

Recent progress in understanding genetic risk of autism spectrum disorder and next steps toward a better comprehension of the genetic processes underlying autism and other disabilities with social components is the topic of the next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation.

Study confirms mitochondrial deficits in children with autism

May 8, 2014

Children with autism experience deficits in a type of immune cell that protects the body from infection. Called granulocytes, the cells exhibit one-third the capacity to fight infection and protect the body from invasion compared to the same cells in children who are developing normally.

Hagerman to receive Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award

May 5, 2014

Randi Jenssen Hagerman, who has devoted her life to relieving the suffering of children and families affected by fragile X syndrome and related conditions worldwide through patient care, research and teaching, will receive a Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award from the UC Davis Academic Senate.

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Progressive neurodegenerative disorder linked to R-loop formation, UC Davis researchers find

April 17, 2014

Researchers at UC Davis have identified a new feature of the genetic mutation responsible for the progressive neurodegenerative disorder, fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome (FXTAS) — the formation of “R-loops,” which they believe may be associated with the disorder’s neurological symptoms, such as tremors, lack of balance, features of parkinsonism, and cognitive decline.

Rauen receives Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in White House ceremony

April 16, 2014

Professor Katherine A. Rauen, professor in the Department of Pediatrics and a physician-scientist affiliated with the UC Davis MIND Institute and UC Davis Children’s Hospital, on April 15 received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

SSRI use during pregnancy is associated with risk of autism, developmental delays in male children

April 14, 2014

Prenatal exposure to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), medications frequently prescribed to treat depression, anxiety and other mental-health disorders, is associated with a higher incidence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and developmental delays (DD) in male children, a study of nearly 1,000 mother-child pairs has found.

UC Davis MIND Institute hosts Northern California premiere of Sounding the Alarm with Autism Speaks

April 8, 2014

On Tuesday, April 29, the UC Davis MIND Institute hosts the Northern California premiere screening of “Sounding the Alarm,” a film that gives viewers a look at the profound changes that take place in the lives of 12 American families after their children receive an autism diagnosis. The screening will be held in the auditorium of the MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento, as part of the institute's Autism Awareness Month activities.

New test makes Parkinson's-like disorder of middle age detectable in young adulthood

April 2, 2014

The very earliest signs of a debilitating neurodegenerative disorder, in which physical symptoms are not apparent until the fifth decade of life, are detectable in individuals as young as 30 years old using a new, sophisticated type of neuroimaging, researchers at UC Davis, the University of Illinois and UCLA have found.