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.
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! Northwestern Now