Top 10 Advances in Autism Research 2013
Posted: January 7, 2014 in General Autism News
Each year Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, asks its science leadership and scientific advisory committee to consider the hundreds of studies that have been reported on this year in the organization’s news column. From these, they selected the ten advances in autism research they saw as the most significant in 2013.
Here are Autism Speaks’ Top Ten Advances in Autism Research 2013:
Whole Genome Sequencing Advances Autism Diagnosis and Personalized Care
In July, the first results from Autism Speaks “10K Autism Genomes Program” demonstrated the usefulness of whole genome sequencing for providing unprecedented guidance for the diagnosis and personalized treatment for autism and its associated medical conditions.
Researchers Identify Earliest Known Sign of Autism; Potential Window for Very Early Intervention
Researchers used high-tech eye tracking to discover a subtle but consistent decline in eye contact that begins around 2 months of age in babies who go on to develop autism. If confirmed, the finding would be the earliest biomarker of autism. It may also represent an opportunity for very early intervention that could improve the course of brain development, learning and social engagement.
Learn more: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-12/as-asa121813.php