North Carolina autism center granted part of $27 million for autism biomarkers research – w/video

familyDurham, N.C. — An autism center in Durham, North Carolina has been granted part of a $27 million grant to research on the genetic biomarkers of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in young children.

The Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development has been helping better the lives of families caring for children with autism through its multidisciplinary center that offers various services and houses facilities that addresses every need of a child with autism, both medical and psychological alike.

The center’s all-in-one feature affords more children the care that they need as the necessity to travel long distances to get to different centers that are not immediately found near the families’ hometown is eliminated.

Dr. Geraldine Dawson, PhD, the center’s director, told:

“Here at the center we’re very motivated to provide comprehensive care. So, a person with autism, whether it’s a child or adult, not only has needs in terms of their behavioral development but they also have a range of medical needs.

“Children with autism often have sleep problems, they may have epilepsy, they may have gastrointestinal problems.”

Parents of children like Cesar, who was diagnosed with autism at 21 months old, take comfort in the fact that the center can give their children all their special needs without the usual constraints attached to it. According to Cesar’s mother, Diana:

“It’s giving us access to the latest therapies and treatments that might not otherwise be feasible to us due to financial constraints and geographic constraints.”

The study that the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development will be doing is in hopes of getting more understanding on the brain functions of individuals with autism, and possibly develop medication to improve these functions.

Source: Caitlin Knute in ABC 11 Eyewitness News Raleigh parents find comfort in Duke Care for autistic son