UR study on brain waves may allow doctors to diagnose autism earlier

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A new study to help understand brain waves in children with autism is underway right now at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Their aim is to foster earlier detection and foster better therapies in the future.

Children with autism respond differently when they hear a sound such as music or see an illustration. Honing in the difference in brain waves between autistic children and children who do not have autism, is part of a new study  at Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience at URMC.

“If you can provide a biological marker that could be reproduced earlier in a child’s development, then that therapy can start earlier, the better outlook for that particular child,” said Dr. Evan Myers, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cognitive Neurophysiology Lab in the University of Rochester Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience. 

Researchers will place a electroencephalography cap and have kids observe different images on a computer screen. The findings will determine the next step through clinical trials with the goal of diagnosing a child with autism a lot sooner. 

“If you know which part of the brain is affected when you show then a particular image, then you can certainty that are geared towards possibly developing that part of the brain,” said Myers. 

For parents who have children with autism like, Rachel Rosen, said participating in research is paramount to develop the latest treatments.

“There’s no way for practitioners to know about best practices, unless research is being conducted. We’re incredibly lucky in Rochester to have autism specific research that’s being done at the U of R they have a tremendous research team,” said Rosen. 

If you’d like to participate in the study you can contact the team at cogneurolabrochester@gmail.com Phone: 585-275-1674 

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