Autism and Related Developmental Disorders

Autism and Related Developmental Disorders

September 2012 – Vol 14 – No. 3

Editorial

Dear Colleagues

In this issue of Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience, we address another field which is very topical in light of the upcoming DSM-5: autism spectrum disorders.
We have invited Prof Susan Swedo, who is well known for her expertise in the area, to share her insights with us in a Guest Editorial, which she has coauthored with Prof Audrey Thurm.
Our thanks go to Prof Swedo for agreeing to make this interesting and informative contribution, which precedes an excellent collection of articles.
We also thank Prof Deborah Morris-Rosendahl for coordinating this issue with the assistance of Prof Nancy Andreasen.

Sincerely yours,
Jean-Paul Macher, MD

In This issue

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Deborah Morris-Rosendahl, PhD; Nancy C. Andreasen, MD, PhD

Guest editorial

The importance of autism research
Audrey Thurm; Susan E. Swedo (USA)

State of the art

Classification of autism and related conditions: progress, challenges, and opportunities
Fred R. Volkmar; Brian Reichow; James McPartland (USA)

Translational research

Lighting a path: genetic studies pinpoint neurodevelopmental mechanisms in autism and related disorders
Matthew F. Pescosolido; Unikora Yang; Mark Sabbagh; Eric M. Morrow (USA)

The relationship of Rett syndrome and MECP2 disorders to autism
Jeffrey Lorenz Neul (USA)

Pharmacological aspects

Pharmacologic treatments for the behavioral symptoms associated with autism spectrum disorders across the lifespan
Carolyn A. Doyle; Christopher J. McDougle (USA)

Clinical research

Autism risk factors: genes, environment, and gene-environment interactions
Pauline Chaste; Marion Leboyer (France)

Translational animal models of autism and neurodevelopmental disorders
Jacqueline N. Crawley (USA)

Mechanisms of change in psychosocial interventions for autism spectrum disorders
Matthew D. Lerner; Susan W. White; James C. McPartland (USA)

Functional magnetic resonance imaging of autism spectrum disorders
Gabriel S. Dichter (USA)