Taking an all-inclusive look at the subject, "Understanding Autism: From Basic Neuroscience to Treatment" reviews state-of-the-art research on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of autism. This book addresses potential mechanisms that may underlie the development of autism and the neural systems that are likely to be affected by these molecular, genetic, and infectious etiologies. It reviews key findings that inform diagnosis, epidemiology, clinical neuroscience, and treatment. This book concludes with a discussion of the economic cost of autism and provides a biomedical and public health perspective of the impact of this devastating disease.With chapters authored by clinical and basic researchers at the forefront of molecular and systems neuroscience, clinical neuroscience, and health economics, this book presents a powerful and comprehensive synthesis of current research on autism and its underlying neural substrates. The book's two editors are considered elite pioneers in this area of research. Dr. Rubenstein was recently elected to the highly prestigious Institute of the Medicine, an honor reserved for those most committed to professional achievement and public service.
Autism Spectrum Disorders: Phenotype and Diagnosis, C. Lord and S. Spence Past and Future Perspectives on Autism Epidemiology, E. Fombonne Genetic Basis of Autism, E. Bonora, J.A. Lamb, G. Barnby, A.J. Bailey, and A.P. Monaco Finding Genes in Spite of Heterogeneity: Endophenotypes, QTL Mapping, and Expression Profiling in Autism, D.H Geschwind and M. Alarcon A Mixed Epigenetic and Genetic and Mixed De Novo and Inherited Model for Autism, A.L. Beaudet and H.Y. Zoghbi Neurobiology of Related Disorders: Fragile X Syndrome, U. Narayanan and S.T. Warren Fear and Anxiety Pathways, K.S. LaBar and J.E. LeDoux Cerebellar Networks and Autism: An Anatomical Hypothesis, R.P. Dum and P.L. Strick Language in Autism, M. Walenski, H. Tager-Flusberg, and M.T. Ullman Prefrontal Cortex, J.L. Price The Social Brain, Amygdala, and Autism, C.M. Schumann, M.D. Bauman, C.J. Machado, and D.G. Amaral The Thalamus and Neuromodulatory Systems, M. Steriade Modeling Features of Autism in Animals, P.H. Patterson Neuroanatomical and Neurochemical Studies of the Autistic Brain: Current Thought and Future Directions, M.L. Bauman, G. Anderson, E. Perry, and M. Ray The Social Brain in Autism: Perspectives from Neuropsychology and Neuroimaging, R.T. Schultz, K. Chawarska, and F.R. Volkmar Structural Neuroimaging, R.A. Carper, G.M. Wideman, and E. Courchesne Neuropsychology and Neurophysiology of Autism Spectrum Disorders, N. Minshew, S.J. Webb, D.L. Williams, and G. Dawson Pharmacological Treatments, C.J. McDougle, D.J. Posey, and K.A. Stigler Behavioral, Educational, and Developmental Treatments for Autism, S.J. Rogers and S. Ozonoff The Costs of Autism, M.L Ganz Index