Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, New York

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Oct. 23, 2008 -- My name is Isabelle Rapin. I am a professor of neurology and pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine where I have been engaged in autism research for over 25 years.

We have focused on the types of language disorders in children, their relationship to autistic regression and to epilepsy.

Currently, we are studying stereotipies which are the frequent repetitive movements of children with autism. We believe them to be a movement disorder of brain origin rather than a bad habit. We have looked at children under the age of two years to determine whether this early diagnosis is predictive of outcome at age five years and on the reliability of the early diagnosis.

We are investigating why some family elect to use complementary and alternative treatments for their children and we are currently tooling up to do some studies of non-coding RNA as vehicles for epigenetic effects of the environment on brain development and function.