The Brain Channel
Autism
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a group of developmental disorders that has a wide range of impacts. William Mobley, PhD interviews clinicians and researchers to learn more about what we know and what we have yet to learn about autism.

Date: 4/24/2017
How does the genome impact human health and our risk for psychiatric and developmental disorders? What is the interplay between our genes and our environment? Jonathan Sebat, PhD, Director, Beyster Institute for Psychiatric Genomics Professor of Psychiatry, Cellular & Molecular Medicine, and Pediatrics, UC San Diego School of Medicine joins William Mobley, MD, PhD to discuss the genetic causes for autism and how technology can help pinpoint those causes and influence potential therapies.

Date: 2/13/2017
What are the early signs of autism and how is it diagnosed? Doris A. Trauner MD, distinguished professor in the departments of Neurosciences and Pediatrics at the UC San Diego School of Medicine joins William Mobley, MD, PhD to talk about early indicators, the process of obtaining a diagnosis, finding treatable causes, and identifying the most effective interventions.

Date: 12/30/2016
Joseph G. Gleeson, MD, Rady Professor of Neuroscience at UC San Diego joins William Mobley, MD, PhD to his work sequencing DNA to find treatments for neurodevelopmental disorders. Learn more about using a genetic framework to tease out the individual contributors to autism, why implementing rapid DNA sequencing for newborns can make huge impacts, and more.

Date: 10/19/2016
Cellular modeling may hold the key to unlocking some the most important questions about autism. Alysson R. Muotri, PhD joins William Mobley, MD, PhD to explain how his work is shedding light on not only the pathology of autism but potential new drugs.

Date: 10/19/2016
What is autism and how can we treat it? Karen Piece, PhD, co-director of the UC San Diego Autism Center of Excellence joins William Mobley, MD, PhD to define autism and share current research. Learn about the importance of early detection, creating standardized screenings, the search for diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers, and what parents and pediatricians can do to help children with autism.