Special Issue "Autism Spectrum Disorder"
A special issue of Brain Sciences (ISSN 2076-3425).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 October 2014)
Prof. Dr. Susan Shur-Fen Gau
Department of Psychiatry, National Taiwan University Hospital & College of Medicine, Taipei 10002, Taiwan
Dr. Xiaoming Wang
Department of Pediatrics/Medical Genetics, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC 27710, USA
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by severe and pervasive impairments in social communication and social interaction, and by restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior. It is commonly accepted that ASD has a strong genetic basis; the interactions between genetic, epigenetic, and environmental factors play important roles in the etiology of ASD. Thanks to rapid advances in DNA sequencing technology, many ASD risk genes have been identified in recent years. However, many questions still remain elusive: what are the underlying causal mechanisms of these risky genes that give rise to ASD? How do these genes interact with environmental or epigenetic factors in the pathogenesis of ASD? Our understanding about the pathogenesis of ASD is still at a very early stage.
The current Special Issue will collect a selected number of reviews and empirical articles that advance our understanding of the pathogenesis of ASD and inspire future direction for treatment. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: genetics, epigenetics, animal models, molecular neurobiology, electrophysiology, neuropathology, brain imaging, cognitive neuroscience, biomarker discovery, psychological interventions, and translational research.
Prof. Susan Shur-Fen Gau
Dr. Xiaoming Wang
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- autism spectrum disorder
- social interaction
- repetitive behavior
- animal models
- synaptic plasticity