Translating the Genetic Language of Autism into Treatment
Translational research aims to accelerate the pace at which basic research yields effective clinical treatments for human diseases by taking discoveries between “bench” and “bedside.” For instance, translational researchers have identified alterations in a growing number of genes linked to autism spectrum disorder (ASD), with the goal of enabling earlier diagnosis—when intervention can do the most good—and improved treatment.
At the forefront of this effort is Dr. Brett Abrahams, assistant professor of genetics at YU’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine. His research correlates genetic variations that elevate autism risk with changes in brain structure and function. Read the rest of this entry…