Newswise — Christine Wu Nordahl, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UC Davis School of Medicine,UC Davis MIND Institute

Dr. Nordahl’s research interest is in understanding the neural basis for autism spectrum disorders. She utilizes structural and functional neuroimaging to investigate alterations in brain structure and connectivity in very young children with autism. Nordahl’s current research focuses on girls with autism and determining whether there are differences between boys and girls with autism. Contact Dr. Nordahl by email at cnordahl@ucdavis.edu

Paul Ashwood, Ph.D.Professor, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine,UC Davis MIND Institute

Dr. Ashwood’s research program is at the forefront of characterizing the role the immune system may play in some subjects with autism. He was the first to demonstrate links between immune dysfunction and the severity of impairments that are hallmark features of autism such as social interactions and communication. His work has highlighted the importance of innate immune pathways, gut-brain connections and the presence of autoimmunity in some children with autism. Dr. Ashwood’s original research was among the first to characterize gastrointestinal pathology observed in some cases of children with autism. For interviews, contact Dorsey Griffith at 916-734-9118 or dgriffith@ucdavis.edu

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