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Novel approaches for investigating the neurology of autism: Detailed morphometric analysis and correlation with motor impairment  

In this study, the authors will use new computational tools and imaging techniques to study the structure of the autistic brain in greater detail. They will also examine whether the differences observed correlate with impaired motor skills, a common symptom of autism. To examine the brain structure of autistic children, these researchers will use a computational technique known as large deformation diffeomorphic metric mapping (LDDMM) to measure not just the size but the shape of particular brain regions. They will also use diffusion tensor imaging to examine the structure of white matter tracts, which carry neural information between brain regions. These structural analyses will provide much more detail than simple measurements of the area or volume of brain regions. Next, they will collect behavioral data on motor coordination from their subjects and determine whether changes in the shape, size, or white matter tracts of any particular brain regions are associated with particular motor difficulties. Project Status
ONGOING

2010

Funder Autism Speaks
Fiscal Year Funding $127,500.00
Current Award Period 2008-2011
Project Number 2506
Principal Investigator Mostofsky, Stewart
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 2: How Can I Understand What Is Happening? (Biology)
Subcategory Sensory and Motor Function
Strategic Plan Objective 2O. Not specific to Question 2 objectives
Federal or Private? Private
Institution Kennedy Krieger Institute
State/Country Maryland
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