About Asperger Syndrome

Asperger syndrome refers to a subgroup of people on the autism spectrum who are not intellectually disabled, but nevertheless have difficulties with social interaction and show a restricted range of interests and/or repetitive behaviors. Unlike most previous autism genetics studies, the University of Pennsylvania ASPE Program takes a very new approach of focusing its genomics studies on Asperger syndrome, which will lead to new insights into the genomics and biology of the entire autism spectrum. We will also gain insight into those aspects of autism that are prominent in Asperger syndrome, such as social communication and social cognition, as well as other phenotypes like executive functioning issues and sleep / circadian rhythm issues. These insights ultimately will help us to develop improved diagnosis and treatments, and improve the quality of life of individuals on the spectrum and their families.