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The neural substrates of repetitive behaviors in autism  

The purpose of this National Research Service Award is to provide support to an individual for combined M.D./Ph.D. and other dual doctoral degree training. The three core domains that characterize autism are the domain of social behavior, the language domain, and the restricted behavior domain (RB). RB consists of behaviors including stereotyped, self-injurious, compulsive, ritualistic, sameness, and restricted behaviors. This research will explore autism-specific neuroanatomic abnormalities and their relationship to restricted behavior using structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) shape and volume measures. The hypothesis of these studies is that in regions of the brain previously related to RB there will be shape and volume differences between children and adolescents with autism and non-autistic children. This research will inform understanding of the biological basis of both repetitive behavior and autism, leading to better treatments and more directed genetic research. Project Status


Funder National Institutes of Health
Fiscal Year Funding $54,436.00
Project Number 5F30NS048615-05
Principal Investigator Dominick, Kelli
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 2: How Can I Understand What Is Happening? (Biology)
Strategic Plan Objective 2O. Not specific to Question 2 objectives
Federal or Private? Federal
Institution Boston University Medical Campus
State/Country Massachusetts
Web Link 1 The neural substrates of repetitive behaviors in autism (External web link)
Web Link 2 No URL available.
Web Link 3 No URL available.
History/Related Projects The neural substrates of repetitive behaviors in autism | $52,799.00 | 2008 | F30NS048615-04
The neural substrates of repetitive behaviors in autism | $42,111.00 | 2010 | 5F30NS048615-06