Driven: CAR's Science Blog

Taking Flight for Autism Fundraiser Contributes $1.6 Million to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Center for Autism Research
The second annual Taking Flight for Autism event was held at Lincoln Financial Field Wednesday, August 30, 2017 and raised money for the autism support programs at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the research programs at CHOP’s Center for Autism Research. ...

Lagging Skills May be Behind Challenging Behaviors in Children with Autism
CAR research suggests a promising framework for helping children with ASD overcome challenging behaviors ...

Categories: Social Development
Simultaneously Weaker and Stronger? New Brain Research Begins to Makes Sense of a Longstanding Paradox
The rapidly developing field of functional connectivity research provides a nuanced understanding of brain connections, or communications, and suggests that people on the autism spectrum may have simultaneously weaker and stronger brain connections. ...

Could a Single Brain Scan Predict Which Infants Will Eventually be Diagnosed with Autism?
Differences in a baby’s brain activity patterns at 6 months of age can predict which children will develop autism at 2 years of age, according to a study published this week by the NIH- funded, multi-site Infant Brain Imaging Study (IBIS) network. ...

CHOP and Mt. Sinai Hospital Expand Partnership to Include Autism Research
First Joint Research Symposium between CHOP’s Center for Autism Research and Mt. Sinai’s Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment “Exceeds Expectations” ...

Excess Brain Fluid May Be Early Indicator of Autism in Infants
A research team from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Center for Autism Research (CAR) and colleagues from a national collaboration have made another discovery about the development of the brain in babies and toddlers who go onto have autism ...

Frankly, My Dear. That's Clear: An Expert Q&A on 'Frank' Presentations in Autism
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is so varied in its manifestation of behavioral and social differences that it is hard to make any blanket assumptions about any individual’s abilities, impairments, or interests based on that diagnosis. But one thing that a lot of individuals on the spectrum have in common is that their autism sometimes seems immediately obvious to clinicians who specialize in ASD when they meet them — even before they begin a diagnostic evaluation. ...

Boosting Social Behaviors in People with Autism
It may be possible to boost social interaction in people with autism by using a new therapeutic drug target, according to new research from the University of Pennsylvania and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The research team conducted a study in mice to examine a whether a mutation in a specific gene, PCDH10, affects social behavior.  ...

CAR Researcher Dreams of a Better Night's Sleep for Children With Autism, Their Families
Children and adolescents need a healthy sleep pattern to fully develop and to perform their best during the day, but – as many reading this know all to well- sleep difficulties plague as many as  50%-80% of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)- and by default, their parents!  ...

CHOP, Drexel Join National Consortium Studying Baby Teeth for Clues to Environmental, Chemical Risks Associated With Autism
Two Philadelphia research centers are among 10 centers studying baby teeth of high-risk children to learn about risk factors in the womb. ...