Lin Mei, the Allen C. Holmes Professor of Neurological Disease

New research findings may lead to clues for possible treatments for autism spectrum disorders and schizophrenia

Researchers at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have identified that a gene critical to clearing up unnecessary proteins plays a role in brain development and contributes to the development of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and schizophrenia.

The discovery, published Nov. 25 in Neuron, provides important insight into the mechanism of both diseases—a possible step toward finding how to treat the disorders.

Principal Investigator for the research is Lin Mei, the Allen C. Holmes Professor of Neurological Diseases and chair of the Department of Neurosciences at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

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Families of youth with autism face big barriers to care, gaps in services

November 18, 2019
New research at Case Western Reserve University found big gaps in services and continued care for children with autism—and their families—as they transition from adolescence to adulthood.

The families need more support, including improved job training, access to services and transportation, according to research from the university’s Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

Researchers surveyed 174 families from Northeast Ohio to examine the needs and barriers to services for youth with autism—from 16 to 30 years old—and their family caregivers.

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Study finds lower stress, depression levels in mothers of children with autism by improving relationships

July 30, 2019
Mothers of young children with autism who focus on improving the quality of their own relationship skills—as opposed to teaching developmental skills to their children—experience dramatic improvements in their level of parenting stress and depression.

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Medicine’s Abidemi Adegbola discusses use of therapy for children with autism

July 22, 2019
Advocates are pushing Ohio to approve marijuana for autism, but the science is unclear. The Columbus Dispatch: Abidemi Adegbola, senior instructor of psychiatry and genetics and genome sciences, explained why he believes therapy is a good option for children with autism.

The 10 Best Places to Live if You have Autism

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April 1, 2011
The greater New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia and Boston metropolitan areas are among the 10 best places in America to live for people who have autism, according to the results of an online survey released by Autism Speaks, the world's largest autism science and advocacy organization.