Our Research 

Our work is devoted to understanding the biomedical causes of autism, and seeking translational avenues to improve individuals' day to day lives.

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Sensory Perception and Cognition 

About 90% of individuals with autism experience atypical sensory perception. These sensory perception differences may provide the key to understanding the neurobiology of the condition. We pioneer brain imaging techniques (fMRI, MRS, EEG) as well as virtual reality to understand how you sense and represent the world around you.

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Early Detection 

Research shows that early detection and intervention leads to positive outcomes later in life for individuals with autism. We are actively developing biological markers of autism to detect the condition in young, non-verbal children.  We focus on the sensory symptoms that children with autism often present, which onset considerably earlier than differences in social condition. These sensory differences may be the key to early detection.

Translational Research 

A major challenge for autism research today is the lack of cross-talk between human and animal-level studies of the condition. We are developing translatable behavioral assessments between autistic individuals and animal models in the laboratory. Developing these translatable assessments will facilitate the discovery of the principles of biological expression of autistic traits and help us move research from animals to humans. 

Research in the News
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New Study Shows How Autism Can Be Measured Through a Non-Verbal Marker
 August 20, 2019
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Peeking between memory and perception 
"Study zeroes in on how humans interpret visual environment"
September 28, 2016
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Where The Brain And Panoramic Memory Meet
September 12, 2016
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Scientists Just Made a Major Breakthrough in Understanding Autism 
December 21, 2015
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A brain link to autism 
"Scientists find neurotransmitter that ties in with disorder’s behavior"
December 17, 2015