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Autism Spectrum Disorders

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are characterized by impairments in social reciprocity and social cognition, delayed language development, and repetitive and stereotypical behaviors.

Although there is currently no cure for ASD, there are a number of treatments for the conditions. A major goal of Yerkes researchers is to identify drug targets that will enhance social functioning in ASD patients. This work will include better understanding the fundamental biological mechanisms underlying social cognition and the development of social relationships with the ultimate goal of identifying novel drug targets to treat the social deficits in ASD.