Dr. Hakon Hakonarson, MD, PhD is one of the world’s leading autism researchers and director of the Center for Applied Genomics, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. We are proud and honored for his service on the ICare4Autism advisory committee and truly grateful for his regular speaking engagements at our conferences and events.
ICare4Autism’s African Autism Awareness and Intervention Initiative Is Gearing Up to Launch Program in Ghana
ICare4Autism continues to work to raise autism awareness in the West African nation of Ghana. On her recent visit to Shema Kolainu-Hear Our Voices School and Center for Children with Autism, Ms. Ofori-Atta explained the unique obstacles facing autism awareness and treatment in Ghana. Read more about our Africa Austism Awareness and Intervention Initiative »
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In the ongoing search for ways to screen for autism beyond behavioral symptoms, a new study has uncovered another potential biomarker for autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The collaboration between Mudanjiang Medical University in China and Norway based researchers has found a potentially significant difference in the ratio of trace minerals copper and zinc in autistic children.
While one recent study recently concluded that the size of a baby’s head is not a predictor of autism, research out of Denmark draws a clear correlation between the size of a baby and his risk for developing autism.
Applying lessons from the classroom to the “real world” can be a stretch for anyone, but autistic people in particular benefit from in-situ work experiences where they can develop the requisite social and job skills to gain and succeed in employment. A new program on an urban farm in Chicago does just that – and does it so well that the National Garden Bureau plans to fund therapeutic gardens nationwide.
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)announced that they are funding 12 research projects to identify the best practices and most effective treatments for autistic people at three key stages of life.
Researchers from the California Institute of Technology published a study Septermber 11 in online journal Cell that has exciting implications for understanding underlying neural circuit dysfunctions in autism. Specifically, the study focused on the part of the brain called the amygdala, which processes emotions.