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Laurie Brenner, an assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at the UVA School of Medicine. Mentored by Kevin Pelphrey, Jaideep Kapur and Karen Johnston, Brenner will study if “Autism-plus-epilepsy is an autism subtype with a focal neurobiological basis.”
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As one of the country’s leading autism researchers, Pelphrey was eager to work within the UVA Brain Institute, where he could continue helping people like his 16-year-old daughter, Frances, who was diagnosed with autism in 2007.
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Richard J. Price, PhD, of UVA’s School of Medicine and School of Engineering, is using focused soundwaves to overcome the natural “blood-brain barrier,” which protects the brain from harmful pathogens.
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In August, Kevin Pelphrey’s team at the University of Virginia launched a long-term study of differences between boys and girls with autism, involving 1,500 children at seven research sites. They were preparing to begin a second wave of data collection when the pandemic hit.
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An unexpected form of cellular cleanup in developing brains could play a role in Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, autism and more.
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Meghan Puglia is an assistant professor of neurology. She and several other researchers are going to try to find out what markers there are in DNA that could indicate a child has autism.

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Biomedical engineer John Mugler, who pioneered new technologies that improved MRI imaging, has been named to the National Academy of Inventors.

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The inaugural Research Achievement Awards featured University leaders handing out 13 honors to UVA’s most outstanding researchers working on projects ranging from education policy to prec

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A new understanding of long-overlooked cells called microglia is challenging the assumption that body and brain function are completely independent.

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You can’t just whack people on the heads to see what happens, so Matthew Panzer and his team are developing computer models to understand how the brain deforms under impact, working with

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Obesity continues as a public health problem. A new study suggests several reasons why.
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UVA leaders on Thursday lauded researchers in a rapid seed-funding program that matched faculty members from different fields to pursue answers to vexing questions.

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UVA’s one-of-a-kind database, Autism DRIVE, combines information on current research and evidence-based resources available across the state.

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According to Jacob Resch, an assistant professor of kinesiology, boys and girls who play soccer experience some of the highest concussion rates in youth sports.

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The results definitively showed that three commonly used drugs were about equally effective at stopping potentially deadly seizures when the default choice proved unable to do so.