Jacobs School Faculty Write Book Chapter on Autism

Osman Farooq, MD

Michelle E. Hartley-McAndrew, MD

Robert S. Miletich, MD, PhD

Published March 23, 2020

story by bill bruton

Three Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences faculty members wrote a chapter in the book “Neurological Disorders and Imaging Physics, Volume 3: Application to Autism Spectrum Disorders and Alzheimer’s.”

“It is exciting and rewarding to be able to collaborate on a book chapter with colleagues who are experts in their fields. ”
Clinical associate professor of pediatrics

Collaboration With Experts in Their Fields

Osman Farooq, MD, clinical associate professor of neurology; Michelle E. Hartley-McAndrew, MD, clinical associate professor of pediatrics; and Robert S. Miletich, MD, PhD, interim chair and professor of nuclear medicine, are authors of the chapter titled “Nuclear Neurology of Autism Spectrum Disorder.”

“Due to my work with children that have symptoms of autism spectrum disorder, I was approached by the editors to see if I would be interested in contributing a chapter on the neuroimaging findings in autism spectrum disorder,” Hartley-McAndrew says.

She then discussed the project with Farooq and Miletich, who agreed to participate.

“It is exciting and rewarding to be able to collaborate on a book chapter with colleagues who are experts in their fields,” Hartley-McAndrew says. “I have appreciated being able to work alongside them with their invaluable insights and contributions.”

Findings Deal With Autism Spectrum Disorder

The chapter describes the nuclear medicine techniques of positron emission tomography and single-photon emission computed tomography findings that are unique in individuals with autism spectrum disorder.

“The chapter is a review of our current understanding of brain basal physiology and specific neurochemical physiology of autism as revealed by noninvasive nuclear medicine imaging,” Miletich says.

The book is edited by Ayman El-Baz and Jasjit S. Suri and is published by Institute of Physics Publishing.