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Epigenetics study helps focus search for autism risk factors
January 16, 2018

By Judith Van Dongen, WSU Spokane Office of Research

SPOKANE, Wash. – Scientists have long tried to pin down the causes of autism spectrum disorder. Recent studies have expanded the search for genetic links from identifying genes toward epigenetics, the study of factors that control gene expression and looks at chemical modifications of DNA and the proteins associated with it.

Computer approaches human skill for first time in brain challenge
August 16, 2017

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

PULLMAN, Wash. – A WSU research team for the first time has developed a computer algorithm that is nearly as accurate as people are at mapping brain neural networks — a breakthrough that could speed up the image analysis that researchers use to understand brain circuitry.

Business advising equips autism practice for rapid growth
February 13, 2017

By Hope Belli Tinney, Washington SBDC

TUKWILA, Wash. – Takanori Koyama’s clinical practice for children with autism spectrum disorder was growing so quickly that in two years his one-person staff burgeoned to 24 and he needed more space.

Oct. 14: Workshop to support young adults with autism
October 5, 2016

By Doug Nadvornick, College of Medicine

autismSPOKANE, Wash. – A conference focused on supporting young adults with autism will be 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at the Center for Clinical Research and Simulation (formerly the South Campus Facility) at Washington State University Spokane.

Nasal spray may ease Parkinson’s, other disease symptoms
June 16, 2016

By Lori Maricle, College of Pharmacy

Jeannie-PadowskiSPOKANE, Wash. – Researchers have reported a 240 percent increase in the brain of the antioxidant glutathione after it is administered via nasal spray. Glutathione deficiency has been documented in a variety of central nervous system disorders, including Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, autism, Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia and bipolar disease.

Routine eye exam could help detect autism
October 14, 2015

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By Linda Weiford, WSU News

SPOKANE, Wash. – What if a simple penlight pupil test – like the one performed daily in doctors’ offices – could help diagnose autism?

New WSU researcher focuses on obesity, autism, disease
May 11, 2015

By Lori Maricle, College of Pharmacy

Roullet-webSPOKANE, Wash. – A researcher whose work includes obesity, autism and rare disease studies is a new clinical professor in the experimental and systems pharmacology (ESP) section at the Washington State University College of Pharmacy.

WSU students gain from autism learning center partnership
December 16, 2013

By Judith Van Dongen, WSU Spokane

Domino-project-120SPOKANE, Wash. – In a bustling classroom, college student Kellie Carns shows Daniel Fast, age 4, a small yellow car and encourages him to point to a matching picture and name the object: “Kuh…” she prompts. “Car,” he responds – to her satisfaction.

Autism expert joins speech, hearing sciences
July 22, 2010

SPOKANE – Teresa Cardon, a speech-language pathologist with almost 20 years experience working with children with autism, has been hired by WSU’s department of speech and hearing sciences as an assistant professor.

 

Cardon will be based at WSU Spokane, and her appointment is effective Aug. 16.  

Before coming to Spokane, Cardon was at Arizona State University, where she served as a faculty research associate in the Infant Child Research Programs while earning a PhD in speech and hearing science with an emphasis on autism. Prior to that, she was a clinical practitioner, serving – among others – as director of speech-language pathology at … » More …