Diane C. Chugani, Ph.D
Diane C. Chugani, Ph.D., is a professor of pediatrics and radiology at Wayne State University School of Medicine and Co-Director of the Positron Emission Tomography Center at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, where her research focuses on neurochemical mechanisms in children with neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism. She is a member of the scientiﬁc advisory board for the Autism Society of America, Cure Autism Now, the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance, and the Sturge-Weber Foundation. Prof. Chugani can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bringing the Brain of the Child with Autism Back on Track
What if we could identify some common process that goes awry in the developing brain of a child and leads to errors in wiring that cause the devastating symptoms of autism? What if, understanding that malfunction, we could intervene with drugs and behavioral therapies that don’t just mask symptoms but actually bring the child’s brain development back on course? Wayne State University professor of pediatrics and radiology Diane C. Chugani, Ph.D., describes new insights achieved through molecular neuroimaging that may —repeat, may—change how we understand and treat autism.