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Participant Families Brighten our Days!!

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Most of our families really know how to have fun and that is what makes us want to come to “work” each day!!  These three participants were absolutely fabulous during their visit to our lab last week and so we gave them STICKY hands as prizes!  That’s when things just got silly;)


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Welcome Dr. Elizabeth Will!!

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Starting this July, the Neurodevelopmental Lab will have a new postdoctoral fellow as part of our research team!!  Dr. Elizabeth Will is coming to us from Colorado State University where she received her Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Science.  Dr. Will’s postdoctoral research will focus on delineating syndrome-specific vulnerabilities and underlying psychophysiological mechanisms contributing to differential outcomes for individuals with fragile X syndrome.


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Dr. Jane Roberts featured news story: Piecing together the Autism Puzzle.

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The work of Dr. Jane Roberts is currently featured on the College of Arts and Sciences website.  The new article entitled Piecing together the Autism puzzle explains how our research connects the social and biological science to improve the health of children and families.


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Dr. McPartland from Yale to give colloquium on July 25th!

Dr. James McPartland, Director of the Yale Developmental Disabilities Clinic, will be giving a colloquium entitled  Applying Electrophysiological Brain Recordings in ASD Research on July 25th at 11:00 AM at the Institute for Mind and Brain.


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Jordan and Carla accepted into CHQ Junior Scholar Program!

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Graduate students Jordan Ezell and Carla Wall have been accepted into the 2017 Center for Healthcare Quality (CHQ) Junior Scholar Program!  The CHQ is committed to engaging in innovative research that will enhance the quality of life for individuals in South Carolina and around the world.  Their mission is to contribute to advances in healthcare through rigorous research, education, community engagement and policy advocacy.  Jordan and Carla will receive research stipends each semester and support to attend a conference or publish research findings.  Congratulations Jordan and Carla!!


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Debra Reisinger to start internship at Kennedy Krieger Institute in July!

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A big congratulations to graduate student Debra Reisinger, who has accepted an internship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the John Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore Maryland!  Debra will intern at Kennedy Krieger for the 2017-2018 academic year with plans to obtain her doctoral degree upon completion.  We hope her dogs will acclimate to the Baltimore weather quickly;)  Congratulations Debra!!


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Dr. Jane Roberts gave a talk at UC Davis Distinguished Lecture Series

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Dr. Jane Roberts participated in UC Davis’ Distinguished Lecture Series on April 12th 2017.  Her talk was entitled, Biobehavioral Profiles in Infants with Fragile X Syndrome: Emergence of Autism and Anxiety in Fragile X Syndrome.   She spoke about characterizing the phenotype of fragile X syndrome, the leading known single-gene cause of autism spectrum disorders. In addition, Dr. Roberts talked about her latest research which focuses on the role of anxiety in autism and their interface across the developmental spectrum.


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Join us in Lighting it Up Blue!!

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April is National Autism Awareness Month! According to the CDC, approximately 1 in 68 school-aged children have been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  This month gives an excellent opportunity to promote autism awareness and acceptance around the world. Together we can make a better world for those with autism by taking action and supporting organizations which provide support for families affected by ASD.


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Magellan Awarded to Chandler Knott and Allison Vittes

Undergraduates Chandler Knott and Allison Vittes have been awarded a Magellan grant to fund their research project entitled: Early Features of Anxiety Behavior in Infants at Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Congratulations Chandler and Allison!


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Advocating for the Fragile X Community on Capitol Hill!

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National Fragile X Advocacy Day took place February 28th – March 1st, 2017 in Washington D.C.!  Dr. Jane Roberts was proud to be able to attend this annual event along with many other influential interventionists who are fighting for the rights of the Fragile X Community!  Here, Dr. Roberts is pictured with Dejan Budimirovic M.D., medical co-director of the Fragile X Clinic at Kennedy Krieger Institute, as well as  Tracy Stackhouse, and Sarah (“Mouse”) Scharfenaker, the co-founders of Developmental FX in Denver Colorado. Parents, family members and self-advocates living with Fragile X are encouraged to participate in this annual event and make their voices heard!


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