Research Highlights about Autism
- Multistage Autism Screening in Early Intervention Settings May Reduce Disparities
An NIMH-supported study shows that incorporating a multistage screening process for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) into federally funded early intervention services may reduce disparities in early ASD diagnosis.
- Autism and Congenital Heart Disease Share Underlying Molecular Network
A recent study of gene networks may hold some promising clues about shared mechanisms underlying autism spectrum disorder and congenital heart disease, two physiologically distinct disorders that often co-occur.
- Machine Learning Study Sheds Light on Gaze Patterns in Adults With Autism
NIMH researchers examine what people with ASD and people without ASD look at when viewing a social scene.
- Testing and Refining Biomarkers to Support Intervention Research for Children with Autism
NIMH, along with other NIH Institutes, is supporting the ABC-CT project, a multisite study that aims to test and refine biomarkers that can be used as objective measures of social impairment for children with autism in clinical trials, leading to more predictive and personalized treatment.
- Supporting the Development of Early Autism Screening Tools
NIMH, along with other NIH Institutes, is supporting the goal of identifying autism in the first year of life by funding projects that seek to seek to translate findings related to early-emerging signs of autism into practical ASD screening tools that can be implemented in the general population and community settings.
- Large-Scale Genetics Study Sheds Light on Developmental Origins of Autism
Researchers were able to identify different types of rare genetic variations associated with autism spectrum disorder by analyzing data shared via the NIMH-funded Autism Sequencing Consortium.