Research scientists at Emory University School of Medicine have discovered five rare mutations in an “autism susceptibility gene” that seem to increase the risk of developing an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in boys. According to an article on Medical Xpress, the number of children diagnosed with autism has recently increased to 1 in 100, so the research now is more relevant than ever.
Emory University has created an intriguing new online news center that collects diverse, captivating multimedia content on a single web-based platform. The Emory News Center launched on January 26th and will be able to reach audiences through a variety of media channels. The approximately 4 million annual visitors to Emory’s website will be able to access exciting new online features and services now that the site has launched.
The Emory School of Medicine has launched a new Biomedical Informatics Department. The new department will create more faculty positions and will help encourage opportunities for improved training, education and research in this emerging field.
Michael E. Zwick is a geneticist at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, and his recently published study in October's Genomics journal on Identifying Autism Susceptibility Genes explores a new PCR technology for rapid, targeted, and highly accurate sequencing and identification of novel genetic variants affecting X chromosome genes. Autism is four times more common in men, who possess only one copy of the X chromosome, and Zwick's research explores this possible correlation.
Emory University continues to expand its capacity for medical research and care as it begins construction on a new building dedicated primarily to pediatric care. The new facility is envisioned as a partnership between Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory as well as other Atlanta-area institutions such as the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Morehouse College School of Medicine.
Speaking about the new facility, S. Wright Caughman, M.D. and CEO of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center, argued "This partnership will lead to continued medical advances that will benefit pediatric and adult patients in Georgia and throughout the world and will help Emory and Children's reach the top ranks of pediatric research institutions."