Many psychiatric conditions may have origins in abnormal brain development in utero. It is hypothesized that autism spectrum conditions (ASCs) may be linked to higher levels of testosterone during a critical period of brain 'programming' that occurs during gestation. For my PhD, I am interested in exploring the causes - genetic, environmental, and physiological- that may lead to abnormal steroidogenesis at the maternal, placental and fetal levels.
Cross-sectional and cohort studies
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Baron-Cohen S, Cassidy S, Auyeung B, Allison C, Achoukhi M, Robertson S, Pohl A, Lai MC (2014), “Attenuation of Typical Sex Differences in 800 Adults with Autism vs. 3,900 Controls.” PLoS One 9(7):e102251 Details
Pohl A, Cassidy S, Auyeung B, Baron-Cohen S (2014), “Uncovering steroidopathy in women with autism: a latent class analysis.” Mol Autism 5:27 Details