Solving the Puzzle of AutismTo find reliable treatments, we first need to untangle its myriad causes
In order to understand autism, we first need to determine the genetic, neuronal, and behavioral elements at play. Researchers will then need to translate this understanding into treatments, an undertaking that will require a long-term, interdisciplinary approach.
Bringing the Brain of the Child with Autism Back on Track
What if we could identify some common process that goes awry in the developing brain of a child and leads to errors in wiring that cause the devastating symptoms of autism? What if, understanding that malfunction, we could intervene with drugs and behavioral therapies that don’t just mask symptoms but actually bring the child’s brain development back on course? Wayne State University professor of pediatrics and radiology Diane C. Chugani, Ph.D., describes new insights achieved through molecular neuroimaging that may —repeat, may—change how we understand and treat autism.