JCPP Special Issue: Genetics & Genomics of Autism Spectrum Disorders

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JCPP is proud to present its’ November 2021 Special Issue on ‘Genetics and Genomics of Autism Spectrum Disorders’, Volume 62, Issue 11.

‘JCPP chose genetics of ASD as the subject for its Annual Special Issue 2021 to signify that we are reaching an exciting new era in genetic research on this condition – and the publications in our issue very clearly demonstrate this.’ – Barbara Franke, Eric Fombonne, and Angelica Ronald, ‘Editorial: The new genetics of autism’ (Free Access).

Published by Wiley Psychology, this Special Issue is edited by Professor Barbara Franke, Dr. Eric Fombonne, and Professor Angelica Ronald. The Special Issue includes 8 original articles, alongside a review article. It includes some truly interesting new insights and provides a cross section of the many ways the new genetics of ASD can enhance our insight into mechanisms and aetiology, early predictors, as well as heterogeneity and comorbidity.

We hope that you enjoy this Special Issue, and do share with your networks and colleagues.

Open Access Papers

Special Issue: Original Article ‘Familial and genetic associations between autism spectrum disorder and other neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders’ (August 2021) Ghirardi, L., Kuja-Halkola, R., Butwicka, A., Martin, J., Larsson, H., D’Onofrio, B. M., Lichtenstein, P., & Taylor, M.J.

Special Issue: Original Article ‘Development of the pupillary light reflex from 9 to 24 months: association with common autism spectrum disorder (ASD) genetic liability and 3-year ASD diagnosis’ (September 2021) Fish, L.A., Nyström, P.,Gliga, T., Gui, A., Begum Ali, J., Mason, L., Garg, S., Green, J., Johnson, M.H., Charman, T., Harrison, R., Meaburn, E., Falck-Ytter, T., Jones, E.J.H., & the BASIS/STAARS* team

Special Issue: Original Article ‘Examining the bidirectional association between emotion recognition and social autistic traits using observational and genetic analyses’ (March 2021) Reed, Z.E., Mahedy, L., Jackson, A., Davey Smith, G., Penton-Voak, I., Attwood, A.S., & Munafò, M.R.

Special Issue: Original Article ‘Ethical dimensions of translational developmental neuroscience research in autism’ (August 2021) Manzini, A., Jones, E.J.H., Charman, T., Elsabbagh, M., Johnson, M.H., & Singh, M.


Professor Barbara Franke
Professor Barbara Franke

Professor Barbara Franke holds the Chair of Molecular Psychiatry at Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, where she is based at the Human Genetics and Psychiatry departments of the Radboud University Medical Center (Radboudumc). She is also a Principal Investigator at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour. At Radboudumc, she heads the Division of Genome Research and the Radboud Research Theme Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Since 2019, she also holds an honorary Adjunct Professorship at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Barbara’s research is focused on understanding the genetic contribution to neurodevelopmental psychiatric disorders, especially ADHD and autism and their comorbidities. Beyond gene-finding, she uses complementary approaches (bioinformatics, i-neurons, small animal models, neuroimaging genetics) to map biological pathways from gene to disease.

Barbara is an elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities, and of Academia Europaea. She has coordinated EU-funded consortium grants and leads work packages in several additional ones. She founded and coordinates the International Multicentre persistent ADHD Collaboration (IMpACT) and the ECNP Network ‘ADHD across the Lifespan’. She is also a co-founder of ENIGMA, and is one of two leaders of ENIGMA’s ADHD Working Group and the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium’s ADHD Working Group. In 2018, she was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Society for Psychiatric Genetics. Barbara has also (co-)authored over 400 peer-reviewed publications and is on Clavirate’s list of the 1% most highly cited researchers.

Dr. Eric Fombonne
Dr. Eric Fombonne

Dr. Eric Fombonne trained in child and adolescent psychiatry in France. He held appointments as clinical scientist at the National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM, France), as Senior Lecturer and Reader at the Institute of Psychiatry and Maudsley Hospital, King’s College London, UK (1993-2001), as tenured Professor of Psychiatry at McGill University (Canada), Head of the Division of Child Psychiatry and Canada Research Chair in Child Psychiatry (2001-2012). In September 2012, he joined the Departments of Psychiatry & Pediatrics at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon (USA), and is now Director of Autism Research at the Institute on Development and Disability. He has a long experience of clinical work with children with autism and their families. His research on neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders, encompass clinical/longitudinal, population-based epidemiological studies in international settings, studies of risk factors and especially of vaccine exposure, clinical trials, and genetic studies. He has published over 340 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 40 chapters in books. He is past Associate Editor of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders (JADD; 1994-2004); he is currently Joint Editor of Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry (JCPP; 2016-current) and is on the editorial board of several other journals in the field of autism and child psychiatry.

Professor Angelica Ronald
Professor Angelica Ronald

Professor Angelica Ronald is joint editor of JCPP, handling approximately 40 manuscripts each year. She is Professor of Psychology and Genetics at Birkbeck, University of London, where she runs the Genes Environment Lifespan laboratory.

Of the role, she says: “For me, JCPP has always been the go-to journal for cutting edge, robust science in our field. I love being part of the editorial team. Many of the past and present editors are giants in the field of child development and so it’s a huge honour to have this role.”

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