Dr. Chawarska launches five-year study on the origins of autism
In the most comprehensive longitudinal study to date, Katarzyna Chawarska, PhD, Todd Constable, PhD, and the team at Yale School of Medicine and Department of Statistics will use state-of-the-art functional connectivity MRI techniques to investigate neural connectivity in fetuses and newborns to identify early markers and predictors of outcomes in babies later diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
YCEI Releases Brief on Making Universal SEL Accessible for All
SEL approaches are often designed in ways that are inaccessible to students with learning differences, like autistic students. A team at YCEI is working to create inclusive practices that support accessible SEL for all learners.Source: YCEI News & Events
Parental Age Linked to Increased Autism Spectrum Disorder Risk in Children
In a recent study published in JAMA Network Open, “Association of Grandparental and Parental Age at Childbirth With Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children,” a Yale researcher, Dr. Zeyan Liew, and collaborators, investigated ages of parents and grandparents to estimate associations for increased risk for autism spectrum disorders in children using data from health registries available in Denmark. Advanced parental ages have been associated with autism spectrum disorders in children, but scientists are trying to understand the mechanisms to explain the associations. Dr. Liew, from the Yale Center for Perinatal, Pediatric and Environmental Epidemiology, suggested that the age of grandparents at the time of the birth of the parents and future risk for autism spectrum disorders in the grandchildren may indicate possible transmission of autism spectrum disorder risk across generations.Source: HPCLive (R) Intellisphere, LLC
Older parents, grandparents increase austism risk in kids by up to 50%
In a study published in JAMA Network Open by Dr. Zeyan Liew and colleagues, multiple generations were analyzed for possible associations between autism spectrum disorders and the ages of parents and grandparents using health registry data from Denmark. Other studies have linked older parental age with increased risk for the disorders. However, Dr. Liew and the study team also looked at the ages of grandparents revealing higher risk among grandchildren of maternal grandmothers and grandfathers who were 19 years of age or younger at the time of giving birth to the parents compared to grandchildren of grandparents who were between 25 and 29 years old at the time of giving birth to the parents.Source: United Press International
Psychiatric disorders share an underlying genetic basis
Thomas Fernandez, MD, Assistant Professor in the Child Study Center and of Psychiatry, and Christopher Pittenger, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, contributed to a paper published in Science that explores the genetic connections between disorders of the brain at a scale that far eclipses previous work on the subject.