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Autism Spectrum Disorders

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are characterized by impairments in social reciprocity and social cognition, delayed language development and repetitive and stereotypical behaviors.

Although there is currently no cure for ASD, there are a number of treatments. A major goal of Emory National Primate Research Center researchers is to identify early biomarkers (neural and behavioral), genetic risks and drug targets for prevention, intervention and treatment that will enhance social functioning in ASD patients. This work will include better understanding the fundamental biological mechanisms underlying social cognition and the development of social relationships with the goal of identifying novel therapies to treat the social deficits in ASD. 

EPC Investigators Studying Autism Spectrum Disorders