Autism and the gut

Dr. Yong Hui Jiang

Yong-Hui is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Duke University. His laboratory  investigates the diseases underlying neurodevelopmental disorders including autism. They focus on genes linked to synapse development and behavioral plasticity. They use molecular and behavioral assays in genetically-modified mice that model human diseases. Although their laboratory does not study the gut directly, 9 in 10 children with Autism suffer from GI complications that may be linked to neurodevelopment disorders of the enteric nervous system.