Workshop report: 16p11.2 deletions and duplications The chromosomal region 16p11.2, which spans about 29 genes, is strongly linked to autism. On 27 April, SFARI hosted a workshop to discuss the consequences of duplications or deletions of this region.
Workshop report: Regression in autism Studies suggest that a subset of children with autism make significant social and language gains in the first year of life, and then experience a dramatic loss of skills, termed regression. On 13 February, SFARI hosted a workshop to explore whether children with regression are…
Workshop report: Biomarkers for autism research Researchers can use biomarkers to diagnose individuals with autism and to hone in on the underlying causes of the disorder. In July, SFARI held an informal meeting of minds at Stony Brook University to discuss biomarkers for autism.
Workshop report: Oxytocin and autism Preliminary studies suggest that the so-called ‘love hormone’ oxytocin could improve some of the social deficits characteristic of people with autism. On 11 April, SFARI hosted a workshop to explore oxytocin’s relationship to social behavior and its potential as a therapy for autism.