Autism

Computer-Based Memory Games May Benefit People with Fragile X Syndrome

April 15, 2019
In the largest non-pharmacological trial ever in children with fragile X syndrome (FXS), UC Davis researchers found that large-scale, in-home cognitive interventions are feasible and may be beneficial for individuals with the syndrome and potentially other intellectual disabilities.

Autistic Symptoms Can Be Suppressed by Inhibiting Specific Enzyme

March 20, 2019
An enzyme inhibitor developed by Bruce Hammock, PhD, professor of entomology, and colleagues at University of California (UC), Davis, reduced inflammation in the brains of mice born to mothers with maternal immune activation as described in a study in PNAS. 

Breaking Down Barriers for Families Affected by Fragile X Syndrome

March 11, 2019
Seventeen-year-old Justin Silver was five when he was diagnosed with fragile X syndrome. Despite living across the country in New York, the family traveled to the UC Davis MIND Institute in Sacramento, Calif., where they met the world’s leading experts in the field.

Folic Acid Might Actually Reduce the Risk of Autism

March 06, 2019
Researchers at UC Davis zoomed in on a group of children whose older siblings already had an autism diagnosis. Across 241 kids, 14.1 percent of those whose mothers took prenatal vitamins during their first month of pregnancy went on to develop autism, versus 32.7 percent amongst the group whose mothers didn’t take the vitamins.

A Lifespan Approach to Autism

January 08, 2019
Effective treatments for ASD are not widely available, leaving many families without access to care, especially those in rural, low-income and underserved areas. In addition, services are limited for adults with ASD.

Fragile X

September 10, 2018
A young Scottish girl is getting help from the UC Davis MIND Institute that she cannot get at home.

Digital Medicine

August 17, 2018
UC Davis experts are testing how digital games, apps and virtual reality may help us treat neurodevelopmental disorders and depression, improve food security, and more.

UC Davis MIND Institute Turns 20

April 04, 2018
Twenty years ago, a small group of Sacramento-area parents of children with autism decided to search for more medical research into understanding and treating autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.