Drug for Alcoholics Treats Fragile X Autism
Interview: Craig Erickson, MD
Assistant professor of psychiatry, IU School of Medicine
Clinical director, Christian Sarkine Autism Treatment Center, at the Riley Hospital for Children
We begin today with the intriguing possibility that a drug used to treat alcoholism could be useful for another purpose: treating the behavioral issues typical of people with one form of autism.
Fragile X syndrome is the most frequent single genetic cause of autism, and itís been the focus IU autism researcher Craig Erickson, MD. He is studying the use of acamprosate, a drug for alcohol abuse, for treating Fragile X autism.
Dr. Craig Erickson is assistant professor of psychiatry at the IU School of Medicine. He is also clinical director of the Riley Hospital for Children Sarkine Autism Treatment Center.