Genetic Changes that Cause Autism Are More Diverse Than Previously Thought

Researchers find that the genetic causes of autism consist of a wide variety of genetic changes —

The types of gene mutations that contribute to autism are more diverse than previously thought, report researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine in the March 24 online issue of The American Journal of Human Genetics. The findings, they say, represent a significant advance in efforts to unravel the genetic basis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). …Read the Full Story from the UC San Diego Newsroom


Keith Vaux, MDDr. Keith Vaux, Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of Medical Genetics and Professor of Neurosciences, is a coauthor of the study report.

He conducts neurodevelopmental research with particular interest in rare diseases, epilepsy and autism.

Dr. Vaux did his internship and received his pediatrics residency training at the Naval Medical Center, San Diego. In his fellowship work in dysmorphology and medical genetics, Dr. Kenneth Lyons Jones was his mentor.

Dr. Vaux is Clinical Chief of Medical Genetics for UC San Diego Health.