10 September/October 2017
Two labs at UNC — led by Mark Zylka and Ben Philpot — have conducted experiments showing
how different chemicals, including fungi-
cides, can affect genes linked to autism.
Epidemiologist Julie Daniels ’ 99 (PhD)
created a method to study early life
exposure to flame retardants and pollutants,
the largest epidemiological study in the
world designed to compare children with
autism and other developmental delays
with people who do not have such delays.
Dr. Joseph Piven’s group at the Carolina
Institute for Developmental Disabilities
published a wave of scientific papers
showing it is possible to predict which
high-familial-risk infants will develop
autism as toddlers. Piven also is one of few
researchers in the country studying autism
in older people.
Carolina has long been one of the
world’s premier autism research univer-
sities, and now its expertise and diverse
research programs are coming under one
virtual roof at the UNC Autism Research
Center. More than 100 faculty, students
and postdoctoral researchers from 32
departments within five schools work on
autism-related grants. All will fall under
the banner of the new center to focus on
autism at all stages of life.
Sam Odom’s and Laura Klinger’s labs
are developing behavioral intervention
programs for adolescents and young adults
focused on improved quality of life in
“The research center holds great
Left: Unidentified Artist, Indian, Mughal: Emperor Aurangzeb (detail), late 17th century; opaque watercolor and gold. Gift of Gilbert J. and Clara T. Yager in honor of Dr. Sarah Schroth, Curator of the 1995 exhibition
Intimate Views: Indian Miniature Paintings, 95. 4. 1. Right: Unidentified Artist, Japanese: Beauties Aboard a Ship (detail), c. 1930; colored pigment on paper. Gift of Mrs. Joseph Palmer Knapp, by exchange, 2016.16.2.
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reinstallation of the Ackland’s acclaimed
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Autism Research Comes Together in New Center
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