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June 2019

Neurodiversity Summit explores autism as a difference, not a disorder

June 6, 2019

Neurodiversity Summit brings experts, advocates together to discuss autism as a difference, not a disorder.

May 2019

Sally Rogers receives 2019 Hibbard Williams Award

May 16, 2019

Sally Rogers, a professor in the UC Davis Health Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the UC Davis MIND Institute, received the 2019 Hibbard Williams Extraordinary Achievement Award.

A possible explanation for the higher rate of autism in males?

May 2, 2019

Staci Bilbo will share recent research that demonstrated communication, socialization and cognition difficulties in male mice after experiencing maternal stress and exposure to diesel exhaust particles. 

April 2019

MIND Institute to host annual open house and resource fair April 27

April 18, 2019

Parents, friends, special educators, medical professionals and self-advocates are encouraged to attend this event to learn more about UC Davis MIND Institute research and resources. 

Can a virtual reality game make kids less distractible?

April 16, 2019

Pencils dropping, kids sneezing, clicking heels and other distractions can making classroom learning difficult for kids with ADHD or who are otherwise highly distractible. A new UC Davis study tests whether a virtual reality game exposing kids to these and other distractions can alleviate the problem and help them succeed.

Computer-based memory games may benefit people with fragile X syndrome

April 15, 2019

Cognitive interventions may benefit children with fragile X and other intellectual disabilities.

March 2019

World-renowned geneticist to speak at the MIND Institute on April 10

March 28, 2019

Join us for a fascinating talk and Q&A with world-renowned geneticist, Huda Zoghbi, who discovered the gene that causes Rhett syndrome. Her extensive research has provided insights into other disorders such as autism and bipolar disorder.

February 2019

Prenatal vitamin intake may reduce autism recurrence in high-risk families

February 27, 2019

High-risk younger siblings of children with autism are less likely to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), have significantly lower autism symptom severity, and higher cognitive scores if their mothers take maternal prenatal vitamins during their first month of pregnancy, UC Davis research has found.

Early intervention in autism improves language, IQ and social skills

February 4, 2019

Breakthrough research demonstrating that children with autism as young as 18 months can vastly improve their language, cognition and social skills with an early intervention developed by UC Davis Professor Sally Rogers has been replicated in a major new study.

January 2019

UC Davis Children's Hospital joins program to test critically ill newborns

January 31, 2019

UC Davis Children's Hospital this month joins Project Baby Bear, the first California state-funded program to offer rapid whole genome sequencing for critically ill newborns.

Neuroscience research funding at UC Davis Health among top in nation

January 29, 2019

UC Davis Health neuroscientists are among some of the best funded in the nation, according to data from the National Institutes of Health.

Deanna Barch will speak at the MIND Institute as the next Distinguished Lecturer on Feb. 13

January 29, 2019

Join us Wednesday, February 13 for an interesting lecture by Dr. Deanna Barch from Washington University in St. Louis. This talk is intended for faculty, staff, students and the public. 

Experimental drug improves eye gaze behavior in fragile X syndrome

January 17, 2019

Researchers at MIND Institute at UC Davis and Rush University Medical Center have found that mavoglurant, an experimental drug known as an mGluR5 negative modulator, can positively modify a key characteristic behavior in individuals with fragile X syndrome (FXS).

Amber Fitzgerald will speak as the next Minds Behind the MIND lecturer on Jan. 16

January 8, 2019

Join the MIND Institute's Amber Fitzgerald during a hands-on talk on Wednesday, Jan. 16 about visual supports for individuals with autism, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. Families, caregivers and educators are encouraged to attend.

December 2018

Special needs providers affected by Camp Fire get help from MIND Institute employees

December 18, 2018

The recent Camp Fire destroyed much more than homes in Paradise, Calif. and the surrounding areas. In many cases, people lost their jobs, cars and communities. And as devastating as fires can be for adults, they can be especially traumatic for children. For those with special needs such as autism, coping with change and loss can be even more difficult.

Later-born siblings of children with autism or ADHD are at elevated risk for both disorders

December 10, 2018

Later-born siblings of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are at elevated risk for both disorders, a new study led by Meghan Miller, assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and at the UC Davis MIND Institute, has concluded. The findings appear today in JAMA Pediatrics.

Five Researchers at UC Davis Health Named in Global Highly Cited Researchers 2018 List

December 3, 2018

Five UC Davis Health researchers were named in the annual Highly Cited Researchers List.

November 2018

Kathryn Hirsch-Pasek will speak at the MIND Institute as the next Distinguished Lecturer on Dec. 12

November 28, 2018

Kathryn Hirsch-Pasek from the Temple University will present “High quality language environments create high quality learning environments” at the UC Davis MIND Institute on Wednesday, Dec. 12 as part of the ongoing Distinguished Lecturer Series.

Sally Ozonoff will speak at the MIND Institute as the next Distinguished Lecturer on Nov. 14

November 5, 2018

Join us for a rare opportunity to hear MIND Institute faculty member Sally Ozonoff as the MIND Institute's Distinguished Lecturer on Nov. 14.

Leading researchers call for a ban on widely used insecticides

November 1, 2018

Public health experts have found there is sufficient evidence that prenatal exposure to widely used insecticides known as organophosphates puts children at risk for neurodevelopmental disorders.

October 2018

Young UC Davis scientist receives major NIH grant for genetics research

October 2, 2018

Megan Dennis of the UC Davis MIND Institute and Genome Center is the recipient of the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award to study genes unique to humans that may contribute to neurodevelopmental disorders including autism.

September 2018

Alan Brown will speak at the MIND Institute as the next Distinguished Lecturer on Oct. 10

September 26, 2018

Join us for the second lecture in the ongoing Distinguished Lecturer Series at the UC Davis MIND Institute. Alan Bown from Columbia University Medical Center will present "Neurodevelopmental risk factors for autism."

MIND Institute announces 2018-2019 Minds Behind the MIND lecture series starting Oct. 3

September 24, 2018

The first talk in a three-part Minds Behind the MIND lecture series kicks off Oct. 3 with Julie Schweitzer and Aubyn Stahmer, professors in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, who will present "How to be a wise consumer of treatments and practices for ADHD and ASD."

New Biomarker Panel Could Accelerate Autism Diagnoses

September 6, 2018

Investigators at the UC Davis MIND Institute and NeuroPointDX, a division of Stemina Biomarker Discovery, have identified a group of blood metabolites that could help detect some children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Part of the Children’s Autism Metabolome Project (CAMP), the largest metabolomic ASD study ever attempted, these findings are a key step toward developing an ASD biomarker test. The research was published September 6 in the journal Biological Psychiatry.

August 2018

UC Davis MIND Institute's 2018-19 Distinguished Lecturer Series kicks off Sept. 12

August 30, 2018

The UC Davis MIND Institute 2018-19 Distinguished Lecturer Series kicks off with a presentation by Christopher Coe from the University of Wisconsin on Sept. 12. Join us for a fascinating overview of recent discoveries on how an infant's gut microbiome is established.

Life's a picnic at Family Time at the MIND event

August 20, 2018

Nearly 175 people gathered at the UC Davis MIND Institute on Saturday for a back-to-school-themed picnic and talent showcase as part of the Family Time at the MIND series.

UC Davis MIND Institute researchers method to improve IQ test sensitivity now widely available

August 15, 2018

UC Davis MIND Institute researchers from the Translational Psychophysiology and Assessment Laboratory (T-PAL) developed a method to improve IQ test sensitivity and remove barriers associated with floor effects in people with intellectual disabilities.

On a mission: $12 million state appropriation earmarked for Jordan's syndrome

August 13, 2018

Nine teams, including UC Davis stem cell researchers, pursue a cure for rare disorder with links to autism, Alzheimer's disease and cancer

UC Davis MIND Institute Summer Institute huge success

August 9, 2018

The sell-out crowd at this year's annual Summer Institute hosted by the MIND Institute brought together health care professionals, educators, therapists and self-advocates/families/caregivers to learn about the latest in treatment, public policy and research. 

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and UC Davis MIND Institute receive more than $3 million for Down syndrome research

August 8, 2018

While Down syndrome is the leading genetic cause of intellectual disability, evidence-based interventions lag behind other neurodevelopmental disorders. Angela John Thurman aims to understand language and pre-linguistic precursors to inform future interventions and treatments for those with the disorder.

MIND Institute and Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences receive grant for fragile X syndrome research

August 2, 2018

What factors will lead to more successful transitions from high school to indepences for youth with fragile X syndrome? Leonard Abbeduto and his colleagues hope to learn more thanks to a $3.1 million grant. 

July 2018

NIH renews UC Davis Health's clinical research work in neurological disorders

July 27, 2018

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) announced this week that it has renewed  UC Davis Health in Sacramento for another five years as one of just two locations on the West Coast for its NeuroNEXT Network for Excellence in Neuroscience Clinical Trials.

New Study Pages website helps volunteers, patients find clinical trials at UC Davis Health

July 17, 2018

The MIND Institute's study of early social skills of infants and toddlers is just one of the ongoing clinical studies volunteers and patients can find on the new Study Pages website, a resource for healthy volunteers, patients and clinical investigators.