Research in autism. Our research focuses on using novel methods to characterize language and cognitive profiles in individuals with autism and their family members, with the goal of identifying genes involved in features of autism. Learn More.
Research in Fragile X Syndrome. Our research focuses on identifying how the FMR1 gene relates to language and social features throughout development, and may be involved in symptoms associated with autism. Learn More.
Why Family Studies? By exploring how different complex traits run in families, we can identify specific traits that may relate to genes associated with autism and related conditions, and learn how these features run in families and are inherited across generations. Learn More.
Why we love Iowa. Iowa is home to a valuable archival academic resource that helps us understand how patterns of language development and cognition in parents of individuals with autism and carriers of the FMR1 premutation may relate to genes involved in these disorders. Learn More.
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.
International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) 2017
The NDL team presented research at the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), which took place May 10th through May 13th. We presented key research findings which sought to characterize the overlap and divergence in ASD phenotypes, examine how parents’ developmental profiles relate to endophenotypes in adulthood and ASD symptom expression in the next generation, and explore the prosodic profiles of males with ASD and their parents. We are grateful to all the families who participated in this research!