Driven: CAR's Science Blog

Future Focused: Pathway to Personalized Medicine
Looking to the future, scientists at CAR say studies examining brain structure and function as it relates to social cognition, repetitive behaviors, anxiety, and ADHD- as well as those aimed at refining research methodology to incorporate emerging data processing capabilities- hold the most promise for helping us to understand how we might develop treatments that target the core symptoms of autism. ...

You Are Here: Current CAR Research Reveals the Complexities of Autism – and Brain Development
Over the past decade, foundational brain imaging research looking for the brain regions responsible for ASD has provided a deeper understanding of how the brain works, but has raised as many questions as it has provided answers. We learned that the brain’s role in ASD is not as simple as pinpointing a single aspect of brain development or function. ...

Building a Strong Foundation: CAR’s Roots in Brain Imaging Research
Looking back over the last decade, much of the research on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has been centered on one goal: to find the cause(s) of this neurodevelopmental diagnosis that affects so many. CAR’s initial brain imaging research led to several key discoveries  revealed the complexities of ASD and the brain and laid the foundations for today's research aimed at discovering new ways to treat the core symptoms of ASD. ...

Seeking Reward in Restricted Interests
Restricted and repetitive behaviors and interests (RRBIs) represent one of the defining characteristics of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). While many brain imaging studies on ASD exist, few have investigated the brain’s activity and processing during RRBIs. ...

Autism’s Chicken – or –Egg Dilemma: Social Difficulties or Restricted Interests
When it comes to two of the core symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), diminished social interest and restricted and repetitive interests, researchers have long puzzled over which comes first. ...

Early Data on a Potential Digital Treatment for Autism+ADHD
Digital medicine company Akili Interactive announced the results of a successful randomized, controlled clinical trial of an investigational digital treatment for children with Attention Deficient/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).   ...

Meet Our Researchers
Part of our mission at the Center for Autism Research is to train up-and-coming young autism researchers so they have a solid foundation from which to drive tomorrow’s breakthroughs. Get to know two of our current "post-docs".  ...

Meet Our Research Assistants
If you have ever participated in research at CAR, it’s likely that you’ve met one of our outstanding research assistants or RA’s. They’re usually undergraduate students gaining experience in the filed before heading off to pursue a graduate degree, and they keep CAR’s wheels turning and work incredibly hard for our staff and for our families. Get to know two of our current RAs.  ...

Meet Our Clinicians
Throughout Autism Awareness Month, the Center for Autism Research is highlighting stories from the families and professionals that make up our autism community at the Center for Autism Research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. For this issue, we interviewed three clinicians to gain insight into how they provide care for individuals on the autism spectrum. ...

Taking Flight
Meet Ben Hartranft today, and you would never imagine that this friendly, enthusiastic 19-year-old didn't speak until age 3. Today, we welcome Ben as a guest blogger to share his experience about his first independent plane ride, in his own words. ...