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Paul Whiteley
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CRISPR-Cas9 and autism research
If you feel brave enough, today I will direct your reading attention to the paper by Michael Williams and colleagues [1] detailing the application of a particularly important genome editing technique called  CRISPR-Cas9  [2] to autism-related science. Title...
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Around 1 in 5 with autism will experience seizure or seizure disorder
The paper by Jennifer Jaskiewicz and colleagues [1] recently offered a further important insight into the relationship between autism and seizure or seizure disorder ( i.e. epilepsy ). Based on the examination of records of nearly 50,000 children and young ...
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Add-on nutraceuticals for depression?
It came as no surprise to me that the systematic review and meta-analysis article by Jerome Sarris and colleagues [1] found what it did in relation to the use of [certain] adjunctive (add-on) nutraceuticals alongside antidepressants to reduce depressive sym...
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Brain GABA levels and autism meta-analysed
The paper by Remmelt Schür and colleagues [1] provides some (brief) blogging fodder today and the observation that following a " systematic literature review and meta-analysis of 1 H-MRS studies " brain GABA levels were found to be significantly lower in ca...
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Immigrant background and risk of offspring ADHD
" The likelihood of being diagnosed with ADHD  [ attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder ]  was significantly increased among children of two immigrant parents... and children of an immigrant father. " So said the findings published by Venla Lehti and coll...
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On autism symptoms in ADHD (again)
Continuing a research theme ( see here ), the paper by Jessica Green and colleagues [1] again focuses the spotlight on how the various childhood developmental diagnoses often enjoy mingling together when it comes to their real-life presentation;  real ESSEN...
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The persistence of self-injury in relation to autism
Some behaviours associated with a diagnosis of autism don't make for great dinner table discussion. Self-injurious behaviours (SIBs), as exemplified by head banging, hair pulling and eye gouging  must rank as some of the more distressing facets of [some] au...
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Sex-specific immune response to Candida albicans in schizophrenia and beyond
I have quite a bit of time for the various members of the  Stanley Division of Developmental Neurovirology at Johns Hopkins on this blog. Not least because of the interesting work of one researcher in particular - Emily Severance - as a name behind some pot...
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On the question of valproate use and pregnancy
I very much want to stress the point that ' no medical or clinical advice is given or intended ' on this blog before proceeding further with discussions based on the commentary paper by Richard Balon & Michelle Riba titled: ' Should Women of Childbearing Po...
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Siblings of probands with autism: preferential screening suggested?
" Psychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders cluster among siblings of probands with ASD  [autism spectrum disorder] . " That was the research bottom line presented in the paper by Elina Jokiranta-Olkoniemi and colleagues [1] who extracted data from the F...
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Folate, autism and IMFAR: keep calm
IMFAR -  The International Meeting for Autism Research - has just closed it's doors, bringing to an end one of the premier annual autism research conferences where one might expect quite a few of the presentations to eventually become (peer-reviewed) fodder...
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Autism and the [different] expression of pain
Two papers provide some brief discussion today. The first by Janice Goldschmidt [1] titled: ' What Happened to Paul? Manifestation of Abnormal Pain Response for Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorder ' provides an account of a young man with autism who d...
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Research (Autism and related developmental conditions)
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  • ESPA Research
    Director, 2009 - present
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Autism research, research blogging and tweeting and health science stuff
Introduction
I have been involved in autism research for more years than I care to remember. My Questioning Answers blog (http://questioning-answers.blogspot.com/) is a place to describe and discuss various research into autism spectrum and related conditions. My Gutness Gracious Me blog (http://gutness-gracious-me.blogspot.com/) is for discussions on various gastrointestinal research. I make no recommendations, I am not giving any medical advice, I am not formulating any specific opinions and do not want to get into any ethical, political or religious debates. I am not trying to change anyone's opinions, views, beliefs or anything else. These are purely blogs about science and research in autism and a few other interesting things. Any posts I make are my own opinions and not reflective of any organisation I am affiliated to. Keep in mind that science deals with probabilities not absolutes.
If you're really interested in some of my bragging rights, you could have a look at my book... http://www.amazon.co.uk/Autism-Exploring-Casein-Free-practical-professionals/dp/0415727634/
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Not many but have done the odd study suggesting that a GFCF diet might be useful for some people on the autism spectrum. Oh and contributed to a book on the topic of GFCF diets and autism...
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  • University of Sunderland
    Psychology, 1992 - 1995
  • University of Sunderland
    M.Phil, 1996 - 1999
  • University of Sunderland
    Ph.D, 2000 - 2006
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