Research

Behavioral Research

  • Institute for Autism Research at Canisius College Programs - Ages 7- 12, 4-6

    Research into effective treatments and educational programming that maximizes quality of life for those with high functioning autism and aspergers and their families. Summer Max and Max-out Social development programs include ages 4-6 and ages 7-12. After school and summer programs.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and ASD

    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is used in older children and adults with ASD who are stuck in patterns of thinking and responding that are not helpful. As a result the individual with ASD interpretes everything that happens through a "meaning making system" that is skewed or inaccurate. . CBT can change the way an individual with ASD interprets situations , how they feel about those situations and how they respond to them. It is a powerful approach.

Biomedical Research

  • Treatment Guided Research Initiative

    The objective of treatment-guided research is to bring research and treatment together to help people now. Many people with autism have chronic medical conditions that are often ignored. Through treatment-guided research, we can learn what is contributing to these conditions and look at autism as a whole-body condition, not a mental health disability. Follow the link to read about TGRI.

  • Autism Research Institute - Newsletter and Webinars

    Publishes the Autism Research Review International, a free quarterly e-newsletter that covers biomedical and educational research. Hit "subscribe" on web site.
    Also offers CME webinars in conjunction with the Cleveland Clinic on co-occuring disorders including Gastrointestinal, Sleep, Immunology, and anxiety issues in Individuals with ASD . Check it out.

  • Cleveland Clinic & Autism Research Institute- Webinars - CME credit

    ASD Research & Medical Treatment Implications- CME Webcast Series covers issues related to the metabolic, neurological and gastrointestinal comorbidities in ASD. Learn how behavioral improvement can be achieved when you address these issues.

  • Metabolic Biomarkers and Genetic Factors in Children with ASD - S. Jill James

    S. Jill James  found a metabolic impairment or "biomarker" in autistic children that strongly suggests that these children would be susceptible to the harmful effects of heavy metals and toxic chemical exposures. Twenty local children  participated in the landmark study by Dr. Jill James and the late  Dr. Paul Cutler.  Check out this link to learn more about her recent autism research at Arkansas Children's Hospital. At end of article click on link to publications . #82, #108 and #109 are of special interest.

  • The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)

    The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is the Federal Government’s lead agency for scientific research on the diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine. This site is not specifically for autism, but can be used as a research tool when looking at alternative treatments. It also has information on clinical trials.

  • Mitochondrial dysfunction in ASD

    There seems to be a higher instance of Mitochondrial Dysfunction in individuals with ASD. Here is the link to the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation for more information on Mitochondrial disease and dysfunction in autism.

  • Recurrence Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders is Higher Than Expected

    Study finds increased incidence of autism among younger siblings of a child with autism. It is much greater than previously reported. Risk for boys is greater than for girls. Risk is Over 32 Percent if the Infant has more than one sibling with Autism.

  • Prenatal Folic Acid May Decrease Risk of Autism

    Autism Speaks reported on a study that found decreased risk of autism in Norwegian children whose mothers took folic acid supplements around the time they became pregnant. Prenatal folic acid supplements may reduce autism risk. Read S. Jill James research (Metabolic Biomarkers link above) into metabolic impairments in mothers and children with ASD. Publication #108 in link above.

  • Chemicals/Pollution in Environment Linked to Increased Incidence of Autism

    Great article on what we know about the link between the toxins in the environment and the subsequent diagnosis of autism.

Gut - Brain Connection

  • Interview with Dr Derrick MacFabe

    Link to an interview posted on the web site of Canadian documentary "The Autism Enigma". On October 27, 2012 the Autism Society WNY Chapter hosted a workshop "Putting the Pieces Together - Some New Developments in Autism Research" with Dr. Derrick MacFabe. The workshop was a overwhelming success and was attended by over 300 people.

  • Dr Derrick MacFabe Research Paper

    Dr. MacFabe is a researcher, neuroscientist and physician. His research includes exploring diet, antibiotic and bacteria related gut problems in ASD that can impact brain development leading to behavioral and social interaction issues and changes in the brain. Dr. MacFabe looks at Autism as a "whole body disorder" that affects brain function and behavior. This is a review article for his paper.

  • The Kilee Patchell-Evans Autism Research Group

    Dr. Derrick MacFabe, Director of the Kilee Patchell-Evans Autism Research Group, views autism as a whole body disorder that affects brain function and behavior particularly via immunological, digestive, infective, epigenetic and metabolic factors.

  • Exploring the Gut-Brain Connection in Autism

    On August 7, 2012, Autism Canada and the Autism Research Institute co-hosted the Scientific Symposium 2012, Exploring the Gut-Brain Connection in Autism, to explore the potential role of infectious agents in autism phenotypes. Watch video presentations by four researchers Dr. MacFabe, Dr Frye, Dr. Emma Allen-Vercoe, and Dr. Finegold.

  • Great Articles and Research by Dr Richard Frye and Dr. Dan Rossignol

    Here is a link to many articles and research papers by Dr. Rossignol, Dr. Frye and some of their colleagues.

Videos

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Special Diets

  • Implementing Special Diets - what we know.

    The Autism Research Institute has a very interesting and comprehensive article about what we currently know about implementing special diets in children with autism.