Monday, 30 April 2012

IMFAR 2012 a go-go: autism research to watch

A very brief post this one to direct your attention to the on-line publication of the program book for the 2012 IMFAR conference being held in Toronto.

IMFAR, the International Meeting For Autism Research, is an annual event which is probably one of the biggest autism research get-togethers currently in place. I do like to keep track of the various posters and presentations which form part of the conference, which sometimes give you a hint as to what research is likely to appear soon in the peer-reviewed domain.

A quick glance through the program book reveals some interesting work. So starting from back to front of the book (cos that's the kind of guy I am)

Page 96. 157.027 Gene Expression Profiles of Inflamed Bowel Biopsy Tissue in ASD Children Are Consistent with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (abstract here). Drs Stephen Walker and Arthur Krigsman are the names attached to this one.

Page 69. 133.212 The Role of a Biomarker in the Double Blind Placebo – Controlled Study of CM-AT in Children with Autistic Disorder Ages 3-8 (abstract here). Dr Joan Fallon and her very interesting studies of CM-AT.

Page 66. 133.212 Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Trial of Methyl B12 Injections for Children with Autism (abstract here). (Dr Jill James)

Page 42. 118.078 Genome-Wide DNA Methylation in Pregnancy – Preliminary Results From the EARLI Study (abstract here). A link to my epigenetics 101 post is here.

Page 41. 118.067 Intrauterine and Neonatal Levels of Neurotrophic Factors and Matrix Metalloproteinases-9 and Risk of Autism Spectrum Disorders (abstract here).

Page 34. 112.212 Low Iron Status and Sleep Disturbance in Children with Autism (abstract here). My post from a while back on iron deficiency and autism is here.

Page 33. 112.197 Ambient Prism Lenses Modulate Spatial Attention in Autism: An Event-Related Potential Study (abstract here). A previous posts on visual perception and autism is here.

Page 29. 109.151 Global DNA Methylation Changes in Brain Tissues From Individuals with Autism (abstract here).

Page 26. 107.107 Glutamate / Glutamine in the Basal Ganglia Is Associated with Executive Function and Communication Impairments in Autism: A [1H]MRS Study (abstract here). I'm fast becoming a bit of a fan of amino acids chemistry and autism as per this post.

There is a lot more research which, quite frankly, I could see myself getting quite lost in for a few days had I been attending to the conference. I would be really interested if anyone attending IMFAR 2012 could have a look at these papers/posters and provide some comment.