2015 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: undeclared
Supported by: Anonymous Donor
Mentor: Antonio Hardan, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Lauren Kwa is studying the role of neurosteroids in the pathophysiology of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). By measuring the concentrations of a series of neurosteroids in plasma and saliva samples and characterizing behavioral phenotypes of ASD, the associations between specific patterns of neurosteroids and specific phenotypes will be determined. This research will build the foundation for the use of neurosteroids to develop treatments that reduce irritability and improve sensory and social functions in individuals with ASD.

Poster presented at the Stanford Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Symposium on August 26, 2015:

Assessing the Role of Neurosteroids in the Pathophysiology and Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Lauren Kwa1, Wenchao Sun2, Robin Libove1, Jennifer Phillips1, Francois Haddad3, Serena Tanaka1, Antonio Hardan1, Lawrence K. Fung1
[Departments of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences1 and Medicine (Division of Cardiovascular Medicine)3 and Biomaterials & Advanced Drug Delivery Lab2, Stanford University]