Oct 8, 2013, Medina County Gazette: Scientists share win for work on cells
Oct 8, 2013, DisabilityScoop.com: Autism Researcher Among Nobel Prize Winners
Oct 7, 2013, Stanford University News: Thomas Südhof wins Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Oct 7, 2013, Patch.com: Seriously, Stanford's Südhof is a Nobel Prize Winner
Medina County Gazette
"Sudhof has spent the past 30 years prying loose the secrets of the synapse,..."
"Now his laboratory at Stanford studies how malfunctioning signals in the brain may contribute to disease such as Alzheimer's and autism."
"One of three recipients of this year's Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine is a neuroscientist whose research is shedding light on autism."
Stanford University News
"Neuroscientist Thomas Südhof, MD, professor of molecular and cellular physiology at the Stanford School of Medicine, won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine....
"He elaborated in the press call a few hours after the announcement. 'There is a gap, a tremendous gap, between the need to understand diseases that affect the brain and the understanding that we have. Not because of lack of effort, but because the problem is so daunting. I do think that our work will contribute a little to the task, which is enormous. I am convinced that will eventually lead to therapies.' In addition to schizophrenia and autism."
"Südhof in 2009 published research documenting how a gene implicated in autism and schizophrenia alters mice's synapses and produces behavioral changes mirroring neuropsychiatric disorders in humans."
Noble Prize for Medicine goes to researcher working on a brain research that MAY shed some light on autism. Dr. Thomas Sudhof has been working on this for the past 30 years and the job is daunting. There's this "tremendous gap" between what we know and what we need to know and the problem is "so daunting."
Sudhof thinks his work may contribute "a little to the task, which is enormous."
I guess the messages here are: Top people are looking into autism. It's genetic. The problem is enormous. It's taken 30 years to get this far, so don't expect all the answers in your lifetime. AND....don't focus on what Dr. Peter Bearman at Columbia called, "the search for the quick and dirty explanation," I.e. vaccines.
If people are winning Noble Prizes for work on autism, what more can we expect?