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News from the Center on Human Development and Disability at the University of Washington Health Sciences Center

CHDD Outlook Archives 2005-2010 (pdf)

2010 Issue#6- Exploring and Stretching the Boundaries of Brain Imaging by Joel Schwarz
Spotlights CHDD's Integrated Brain Imaging Center (IBIC), headed by director Thomas Grabowski, exploration of new brain imaging techniques that someday may enable clinicians to better understand and treat patients suffering from such conditions as stroke, epilepsy, Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.

2010 Issue#5- UW Autism Center Launches New Programs by Joel Schwarz
Wendy Stone, the UW Autism Center's new director, has developed a program to screen children at least 12 months old and under the age of two for early indications of autism using Screening Tool for Autism in Toddlers (STAT) which she developed.

2010 Issue#4- Six-month-old Infants with Deformational Plagiocephaly Show Delays in Early Motor Skills by Joel Schwarz
New work headed by CHDD research affiliate Mathew Speltz indicates that deformational plagiocephaly (DP) in infants and young children, formerly believed to be only a cosmetic issue, may be related to developmental delays in six-month-old infants.

2010 Issue#3- Training Pediatric Audiologists to Alleviate Shortage by Joel Schwarz
Spotlights a new program to meet a critical need for more specialists in pediatric audiology. An estimated 255 of the approximate 85,000 babies born in Washington state every year are diagnosed with permanent hearing loss. The Clinical Training Unit (CTU) based at the CHDD has initiated this project with newly acquired federal funding.

2010 Issue#2-Difficulty in Processing Information about Faces Stresses Brains of Persons with ASDs by Kris Freeman
Spotlights CHDD research affiliate Natalia Kleinhans's recent brain imaging research that involved adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Persons with ASDs experience stressful social interaction. Her work involves looking at an area of the brain called the amygdala and the different patterns of activity between adults with and without ASDs.

2010 Issue#1-UW Autism Center Study Reveals Benefits of Early Intervention for Toddlers by Joel Schwarz
Spotlights the groundbreaking study by the University of Washington’s Autism Center of early intervention for children with autism who are younger than 2½ years of age. Ashton, who is now 6, is among 48 youngsters who received an intensive intervention program which showed dramatic improvements in participants' social interaction, IQ, language ability and autism diagnosis.

2009 Issue#3-UW Employment Training Program Fosters Opportunity by Kris Freeman
Spotlights the University of Washington’s Employment Training Program (UWETP). For more than 30 years UWETP employment specialists, counselors, and staff helped employers develop new jobs, place clients with intellectual disabilities in existing jobs, provide or arrange job training, and offer ongoing support once a client is established in a job.

2009 Issue#2-Working to Reduce Brain Damage from Stroke by Kris Freeman
Spotlights the work of CHDD research affiliates Thomas Moeller, Jonathan Weinstein, and Sean Murphy. Their goal is to reduce a significant cause of developmental disabilities by researching stroke that occurs before or just after birth, both the basic mechanisms of inflammation and medications with the potential to reduce that inflammation.

2009 Issue#1- Genetic ‘Hot Spots’ Linked to Developmental Disabilities by Kris Freeman
Spotlights the work of CHDD research affiliate Evan Eichler, a pioneer in discovering genetic mutations and detecting their associations with developmental disabilities.

Spring 2008
Vol. 19, #1
  • Social Interest is Crucial: Understanding Obstacles to Language Learning in Children with ASD
  • X vs. Y: Sex Chromosomes and Brain Development
  • Gene Repeat Research May Guide Therapies for the X-Linked Neurodegenerative Disorder FXTAS
  • Improving Inclusive Classrooms
Fall 2007
Vol. 18, #2
  • New Joubert syndrome gene discovered
  • Helping families raise children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
  • CHDD addresses complex legal and ethical issues related to growth limitation
  • Nicotine, dopamine, and behavior disorders
Spring 2007
Vol. 18, #1
  • Hunting proteins to diagnose neurological disorders
  • Finding better treatments for emotional and behavioral disorders
  • Improving the mental health of Infants in foster care
  • Head Start Outreach: Training teachers in best practices
Summer 2006
Vol. 17, #2
  • Supporting children's development by supporting families who are homeless
  • Deciphering viral defenses: CMV
  • Youth with FASD and the law: Helping them stay straight
  • Children with autism see faces differently: Brain scans may diagnose disorder in toddlers
  • Preventing infections, protecting the developing brain
  • Expanding medical care for children with autism spectrum disorders
  • Pediatric Neurogenetics team: Diagnosing rare disorders
  • Thousands of genes at a Time: microarray core component helps design microarray experiments
  • Implications of skull shape: Possible links between subtle malformations and developmental delays
  • Brain studies show distinctions in persons with FASD
  • Use of assistive technology by persons with spina bifida
  • Interdisciplinary team provides new diagnoses and insights for children in mental health treatment
  • Screening young children for later-onset hearing loss
  • Role of the p53 gene in neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders
  • Imaging the brain to help unravel autism's mysteries
  • Bright Futures for Early Childhood health initiative
  • Refining functional MRI analyses for more accurate results
  • CHDD and the Developmental Disabilities Council
  • Fragile X methylation and mosaicism: research advances
  • Promoting health in adults with developmental disabilities

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