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Dr. Manuel Casanova & University of Louisville Autism Research

Manuel F. Casanova, M.D. holds the Gottfried and Gisela Kolb Endowed Chair in Psychiatry, Associate Chair for Research, Department of Psychiatry, at the University of Louisville. Dr. Casanova's recent research projects have examined brain abnormalities in patients with language disturbances, including autism, Aspergerís Syndrome and dyslexia.

Dr. Casanova thinks he's found a link between autism and dyslexia. He hopes that his findings will lead to new treatments for these conditions which will not require medication.

Both autism and dyslexia are fairly common conditions. Autism spectrum disorders affect 1 in 144 children; dyslexia, up to 15 percent of the population. Like autism, dyslexia is diagnosed in people of all levels of intelligence, many of whom are gifted in other areas.

Results from Dr. Casanova's research have been published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

In this segment, "Louisville Life" meets this modern M.D. and learns more about the potentially life-changing research being done in our own backyard.

Dr. Manuel Casanova has had more than twenty years of experience in the neurosciences.

He earned his medical degree from the University of Puerto Rico and completed clinical and research fellowships at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, which included three years in neuropathology. He then served five years as a principal investigator within the Clinical Brain Disorders Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health.

His work is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (part of the National Institutes of Health), the Stanley Research Institute, and the National Association for Autism Research (now Autism Speaks). Dr. Casanova has authored more than 150 refereed publications, three edited books (two on autism) and serves as editor for the journal Autism Research.

Learn more about Manuel Casanova, M.D. and his research at UofL's Autism Center.

Program 408
A simple photo assignment that evolved into a decades-long relationship is presented in this edition of "Louisville Life". Also in this program, an Autism expert from the University of Louisville, and the first non-American to be track announcer at Churchill Downs. (#408)