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Kevin Pelphrey, PhD, of UVA's Department of Neurology, is a preeminent autism researcher.
Better Understanding Autism in Girls
August 16, 2019

Why are four times more boys diagnosed with autism-spectrum disorders than girls? Our Kevin Pelphrey, an internationally recognized autism exert, is leading an ambitious effort to find out, and he hopes the findings will lead to better interventions for both girls and boys.

The microbiome is the collection of microscopic organisms, such as bacteria, that naturally live inside us.
Autism Risk Determined by Health of Mom’s Gut
July 20, 2018

Our John Lukens, PhD, and his colleagues have revealed that the health of the mother's microbiome during pregnancy determines the risk of autism in her offspring. What's the microbiome? It's the collection of microscopic organisms that naturally live inside us, and it's proving increasingly vital to good health. The good…

J. Julius Zhu, PhD, of UVA's Department of Pharmacology..
Making Medicines Without Side Effects
July 8, 2018

Our J. Julius Zhu, PhD, and his colleagues have found a way to create drugs without side effects. Basically, they've developed a lab technique that will add a whole new layer of precision to the concept of "precision medicine." The technique is built on their discovery that the same molecule…