Research in the Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Laboratory investigates the language and related abilities that define autism, fragile X, and related neurodevelopmental disabilities, and the neuropsychological, genetic, and environmental features that may be associated with the behavioral and cognitive profiles of these different groups.

Specific study goals include:

  • To understand the different developmental strengths and weaknesses in language and related abilities in autism and fragile X syndrome.
  • To define subtle language and neuropsychological profiles that may relate to the genes involved in autism and fragile X syndrome among unaffected relatives.
  • To document the interactions between genes and environment in neurodevelopmental disabilities.

Explore our website to find out more about our lab, and our autism and fragile X studies.

NDL among Northwestern research groups rethinking genetics

Environmental factors are now recognized to play a strong role in development, and pose risk factors even in strongly genetic conditions like autism. The NDL is one of the many labs at Northwestern that are considering the complex relationships between genes and environment. Check out this link to learn more!
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