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Hormone reduces social impairment in kids with autism

Social behavior improved in children with autism after they inhaled a hormone called vasopressin, according to a pilot study led by Karen Parker, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and Antonio Hardan, MD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. This research was supported by MCHRI. 

New research links common brain injury in premature babies to specific cells

Stanford researchers have identified a specific set of brain cells that are particularly susceptible to harm from low oxygen exposure in early development. The work was led by Sergiu Pasca, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and Anca Pasca, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics. Both are MCHRI awardees.

Tobacco and e-cig promotions spark teens’ use of nicotine products

Many teens own e-cigarette samples, coupons or branded promotional items, and these teens are more likely to try the products, a Stanford study found. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, professor of pediatrics and MCHRI member, is the study’s senior author.

Tad and Dianne Taube commit $6 million for pediatric cancer research

Philanthropists Tad and Dianne Taube have committed $6 million to the School of Medicine to establish the Taube Initiative in Pediatric Cancer Research. Their recent gifts include $1 million to support transdisciplinary research through MCHRI.