Discovering the Causes of Autism

Research at the UC San Diego Autism Center of Excellence is on the cutting edge of discovery into the causes of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Our studies focus on these main areas:

DTI

Diffusion tensor imaging lets us look into the microstructure of
white matter in the brain.

 Diffusion tensor image

 

MRI

Structural Magnetic Resonance Imaging reveals the neural underpinnings of autism.

 Structural Magnetic Resonance image

fMRI

Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging helps us map activity in the brain.

Functional Magnetic Resonance image

GENETICS

A specific set of genes appear
to operate abnormally during prenatal development
in autism.

 Image of genes

BRAIN TISSUE

Defects in prenatal brain cell development may produce early brain overgrowth that causes
autism.

Image of brain cells

 STEM CELLS

Stem cells may shed light on the underlying genetic, molecular and neural mechanisms of the disorder.
 

Image of stem cells