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HIHG researchers attend IMFAR

The International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) is an annual scientific meeting, convened each spring, to exchange and disseminate new scientific progress among ASD scientists and their trainees from around the world.

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Zebrafish Research Provides Clues on Autism

A UM study shows how the manipulation of two genes plays a role in the development of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurological condition that affects approximately 2 percent of people around the world. Although several genes have been linked to multiple concurring conditions of ASD, the process that explains how specific genetic variants lead to behaviors characteristic of the disorder remains elusive.

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New Study Supports Importance of Structural Variation in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Research from the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine again supports the importance of structural variation in autism spectrum disorders. Led by Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., associate dean for human genomic programs, Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation professor of human genomics, and director of the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics; John R. Gilbert, Ph.D., professor of human genetics; and Dale Hedges, Ph.D., assistant professor of human genetics, this unique study using high-resolution arrays to detect changes in DNA structure as small as 1,000 base pairs (the total human genome is estimated to be 3.2 billion base pairs) further strengthens the case that rare structural variants at multiple genes contribute to autism spectrum disorders.

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Economist Revolutionizes Mapping of Genetic Pathway for Autism

A son of physicians and an economist by trade, John P. Hussman, Ph.D., may seem like an unlikely lead author on a paper identifying a new genetic pathway in autism research. But Hussman, father to a 16-year-old boy with autism, applied the same statistical tools he uses to map out complex economic relationships to produce new research findings in a paper titled “A Noise-Reduction GWAS Analysis Implicates Altered Regulation of Neurite Outgrowth and Guidance in Autism,” which was published today in the journal Molecular Autism.

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Miller School Genetic Researchers Identify New Targets in Autism

University of Miami Miller School genetic researchers teamed up with 72 centers to discover new genetic targets for autism in the second phase of a collaborative study known as the Autism Genome Project (AGP). The results were published today in the journal Nature, one of the world’s most respected peer-reviewed scientific publications.

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