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Autism advances

One in 68 children in the United States, and one in 64 in Georgia, is living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The resources of Emory, and the persistence of its researchers, are making that challenge more bearable, not only for children and parents but also for adults with the disorder, a population less often studied.

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Continued excellence in autism research

In fall 2017, the National Institutes of Health renewed the designation of the Marcus Autism Center as a national Autism Center of Excellence, which included an $11 million, five-year research grant to the Emory School of Medicine. The new grant will encompass the center's most advanced science to date, focusing on behavior and brain studies.

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Taking a bite out of a longstanding problem

Food aversion in autistic children is a frustrating syndrome. Researchers at the Marcus Autism Center, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, the Emory School of Medicine, and Yerkes National Primate Research Center have pioneered a new study suggesting that the existing drug D-cycloserine may help.

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An easier road for adults with ASD

With most research focused on children with ASD, caregivers can be ill-prepared to deal with the challenges that accompany caring for adults with the disorder. Assistant Clinical Professor Susan Brasher is heading a study that aims to form partnerships among key stakeholders to take on the issues related to helping those with ASD as they become adults.

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The role of the vole

Prairie voles are monogamous, while meadow voles are promiscuous. Through decades of research, Emory professor Larry Young has been able to tease out the brain chemistry and circuitry that underlies the voles' ability to form and maintain relationships. Because relationships are not easy for people with autism, Young thinks his discoveries may lead to treatments for the disorder.

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Taking another look at the role of genetics

Researchers at the Emory School of Medicine, Marcus Autism Center, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found striking evidence for the role of genetics in shaping a fundamental feature of human behavior: how children pay attention to the world.

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