Special Issue "Environmental Exposures and Autism Spectrum Disorders"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 October 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Dario Siniscalco
Website SciProfiles
Guest Editor
Department of Experimental Medicine, University of Campania "Luigi Vanvitelli"via S. Maria di Costantinopoli 1680138 Naples, Italy
Interests: autism; gene expression; stem cells; neuroimmunology
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Prof. Paul Shattock

Guest Editor
Pharmacist, Officer of the Order of the British Empire. Honorary Director of the Autism Research Unit, University of Sunderland, UK. Past-President of World Autism Organisation, London, UK.

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are heterogenous neurodevelopmental pathologies characterized by social interaction and communication impairments, together with restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped interests and behavior. ASD result from a complex multifactorial combination of genetic, epigenetic, environmental, and immunological factors.

Many environmental factors that have epidemiological risk association with ASD exert their effects through epigenetic alterations.

We invite authors to contribute original research articles and review articles that will focus on novel findings on the molecular, biochemical, and cellular basis of autism spectrum disorders, with special emphasis on epigenetic regulation, immune dysfunction, and environment and pollution contribution to ASD development.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Recent insights into autism spectrum disorders research;
  • Identification of potential ASD risk factors;
  • Recent advances in environment contribution to ASD.

Prof. Dario Siniscalco
Prof. Paul Shattock
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2300 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Autism
  • Environment
  • Pollution

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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