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 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.
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.
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.
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).
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 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.
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.
December 3, 2018
Five UC Davis Health researchers were named in the annual Highly Cited Researchers List.
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.
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.
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 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 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."
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."
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
June 27, 2018
Researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute have created a mouse model for maternal antibody-related (MAR) autism spectrum disorder (ASD) that closely mimics the physiology and behaviors seen in people with this form of ASD. People with MAR ASD have been exposed to maternal autoantibodies, which can react with fetal brain tissue.
June 15, 2018
Women who were pregnant during or right after the October 2017 wildfires in Northern California are invited to participate in a new UC Davis study to determine if those fires affected their health and the health of their babies.
June 8, 2018
“Why study the mind if genes cause autism?” is the question Francesca Happé will address during her talk at the UC Davis MIND Institute on Wednesday, June 13, as part of the ongoing Distinguished Lecturer Series. She will present at 4:30 p.m. at the MIND Institute Auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. The event is free to the public and no reservations are required; however, seating is limited. A 30-minute question-and-answer session will follow the hour-long lecture.
May 4, 2018
The UC Davis MIND Institute will host James McCracken on Wednesday, May 16 as part of the ongoing Distinguished Lecturer Series. He will present “Can we improve treatments for ADHD?” at 4:30 p.m. at the MIND Institute Auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. The event is free to the public and no reservations are required; however, seating is limited. A 30-minute question-and-answer session will follow the hour-long lecture.
April 24, 2018
Research byJanine LaSalle, professor in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, the UC Davis Genome Center and MIND Institute, was published today in Nature Communications. LaSalle describes her work and the importance of the research below:
Successful transitions for young adults with neurodevelopmental disorders the topic of April 25 series
April 20, 2018
The UC Davis MIND Institute and its Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities will host “Successful transitions for young adults with neurodevelopmental disorders” Wednesday, April 25 as part of the Minds Behind the MIND lecture series. The event runs from 5:30-7 p.m. at the MIND Institute auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. A Q&A with panelists will follow the presentation.
April 17, 2018
Researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute have found that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have reduced immune system regulation, as well as shifts in their gut microbiota. The immune deregulation appears to facilitate increased inflammation and may be linked to the gastrointestinal issues so often experienced by children with ASD. The research was published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity.
April 6, 2018
The UC Davis MIND Institute will host Ralph Adolphs on Wednesday, April 11 as part of the ongoing Distinguished Lecturer Series. He will present “Predicting who you are from looking at your brain” at 4:30 p.m. at the MIND Institute Auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. The event is free to the public and no reservations are required, but seating is limited. A 30-minute question-and-answer session will follow the hour-long lecture.
March 20, 2018
In a striking new finding, researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute found that typically-developing children gain more neurons in a region of the brain that governs social and emotional behavior, the amygdala, as they become adults. This phenomenon does not happen in people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Instead, children with ASD have too many neurons early on and then appear to lose those neurons as they become adults. The findings were published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
March 14, 2018
Twenty years ago a small group of frustrated but determined Sacramento-area parents of children with autism decided it was time to fill a glaring hole in medical research: understanding and treating autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.