A study co-authored by Center for Autism Director Dr. Geri Dawson and Dr. Kim Carpenter measures robustness of the connections in the brain in those with ASD.
"Despite significant progress in understanding the underlying neurobiology of ASD, there are still few reliable and objective measures of change in social and communication function ASD and their relationship with underlying brain structures. We show that Ricci curvature identifies changes in robustness in brain regions that are correlated with improvements in social communication over time. Thus, this study lays the foundation for a new approach to assess both the robustness of a specific brain region and brain region pairs." Read the published study in the July 2, 2020, issue of Nature.