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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.

June 2018

New model could illuminate autism subtype

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.

Pregnant women and new moms invited to join UC Davis wildfire study

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.

Francesca Happé will speak at the MIND Institute as the next Distinguished Lecturer on June 13

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 2018

James McCracken will speak at the MIND Institute as the next Distinguished Lecturer on May 16

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 2018

Sleep disturbances, genetic alterations and Prader-Willi syndrome

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.

Immune system and gastrointestinal deregulation linked with autism

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

Ralph Adolphs will speak at the MIND Institute as the next Distinguished Lecturer on April 11

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 2018

Amygdala neurons increase as children become adults - except in autism

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).

Going strong at 20: MIND Institute hits a milestone

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.

February 2018

Tools for Inclusion Resource Fair Feb. 13

February 9, 2018

Educators, service providers, families and people with disabilities are invited to a free fair showcasing assistive technology devices and strategies on Tuesday, Feb. 13 from 6-8 p.m. at the UC Davis MIND Institute.

Alison Singer will speak at the MIND Institute as the next Distinguished Lecturer on Feb. 14

February 2, 2018

The UC Davis MIND Institute will host Alison Singer on Wednesday, Feb. 14 as part of the ongoing Distinguished Lecturer Series. She will present “Autism from generation to generation” 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.

January 2018

School strategies for children with ADHD and ASD the topic for Jan. 24 series

January 15, 2018

On Wednesday, Jan. 24, the UC Davis MIND Institute and its Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities will host “School strategies for children with ADHD and ASD” as part of the MINDS Behind the Mind lecture series 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.

Minds Behind the MIND Spanish series continues Jan. 18 with Vanessa Avila-Pons

January 9, 2018

On Thursday, Jan. 18, the UC Davis MIND Institute and its Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities will host the second of three Minds Behind the MIND lectures in Spanish. The presentation is from 5:30-7 p.m. at the MIND Institute auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. A Q&A with the panelist will follow the presentation.

Edwin Cook, Jr. will speak at the MIND Institute as the next Distinguished Lecturer on Jan. 10

January 2, 2018

The UC Davis MIND Institute will host Edwin Cook on Wednesday, Jan. 10 as part of the ongoing Distinguished Lecturer Series. He will present “Translating the complex genetics of autism” at 4:30 p.m. at the MIND Institute Auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. This event is open to the public, and no reservations are required. A 30-minute question-and-answer session will follow the hour-long lecture.