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News from the Center for Autism Research at CHOP
January 9, 2018
Researchers at CAR are working hard to understand the role of genetics in autism.
In this Issue: Autism, 22q Syndrome, and Role of Genetics
Genetics or Environment? It's a familiar debate and autism is no stranger to it. Research has shown the answer likely lies in middle - where genetics and environment both contribute to the diagnosis of autism., even though it's difficult to identify a specific genetic change that caused person to develop ASD.
Each article in this issue of Dispatch details the role of genetics in the development of autism. Read on to learn more...
Researchers seek answers to why autism is related to some genetic conditions and not other.
Genetics or Environment? Which Influences the Development of Autism
Autism is considered a complex genetic disorder, because even though numerous sibling studies have shown that genetics play a role in the development of ASD, not all identical twins have ASD. One genetic condition known as 22q11.2 Deletion/Duplication Syndrome has been closely tied to autism spectrum disorder.
Read more about new research to understand why some people with 22q to develop ASD, while others do not.
How does genetics play a role in autism
The Genetics of Autism
After an individual is diagnosed with
an autism spectrum disorder, families often have many questions.
may provide some answers to questions like these. Learn more about the genetics of autism from the CAR Autism Roadmap(TM).
Join the SPARK Study today!
SPARK for Autism
Nationwide, SPARK is nearly 1/3 of the way to its goal to collect genetic samples from 50,000 individuals with ASD and their biological parents. We want to thank the more than 4,000 individuals who have participated in SPARK at CHOP.
The Center for Autism Research and Bright Beginners Academy invite
families of children with autism spectrum disorder to attend the Winter Family Fun day! Families will enjoy fun sensory- friendly activities, a moon bounce, games and will be able to sign up for the SPARK Study!RSVP by January 15th to attend!
Advances in understanding autism and related disorders are only possible as a direct result of the participation of individuals and families. We have opportunities for all ages, and you do not need an autism diagnosis to participate.