Dr Rob Nicolson
Rob Nicolson, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry University of Western Ontario
Chair, Developmental Disabilities Division
Endowed Chair, Centre of Excellence in Autism Studies

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Research Interests & Activities


Selected Journal Articles:

Nicolson R, DeVito TJ, Vidal CN, Sui Y, Hayashi KM, Drost DJ, Williamson PC, Nagalingam R, Togo AW, Thompson PM. Detection and mapping of hippocampal abnormalities in autism. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging 2006;148:11-21.

Vidal CN, Nicolson R, DeVito T, Hayashi KM, Gaega J, Drost DJ, Williamson PC, Rajakumar N, Sui Y, Dutton RA, Toga AW, Thompson PM. Mapping corpus callosum deficits in autism: an index of aberrant cortical connectivity. Biological Psychiatry 2006;60:218-225.

Vidal CN, Rapoport JL, Hayashi KM, Gaega JA, Sui Y, McLemore LE, Alaghband Y, Giedd JN, Gochman P, Blumenthal J, Gogtay N, Nicolson R, Toga AW, Thompson PM. Dynamically spreading frontal and cingulate deficits mapped in adolescents with schizophrenia. Archives of General Psychiatry 2006;63:25-34.

DeVito TJ, Drost DJ, Neufeld RWJ, Rajakumar N, Pavlosky W, Williamson PC, Nicolson R. Evidence for cortical dysfunction in autism: a proton magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging study. Biological Psychiatry 2007;61:465-473.

Marshall CR, Noor A, Vincent JB, Lionel AC, Feuk L, Skaug J, Shago M, Moessner R, Pinto D, Ren Y, Thiruvahindrapduram B, Fiebig A, Schreiber S, Friedman J, Ketelaars CEJ, Vos VJ, Ficicoglu C, Kirpatrick S, Nicolson R, Sloman L, Summers A, Gibbons CA, Teebi A, Chitayat D, Weksberg R, Thompson A, Vardy C, Crosbie V, Luscombe S, Baatjes R, Zwaigenbaum L, Roberts W, Fernandez B, Szatmari P, Scherer SW. Structural variation of chromosomes in autism spectrum disorder. American Journal of Human Genetics 2008;82:477-488.

Vidal CN, Nicolson R, DeVito T, Hayashi KM, Gaega J, Drost DJ, Williamson PC, Rajakumar N, Toga AW, Thompson PM. Three-dimensional mapping of the lateral ventricles in autism. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging 2008:163:106-115.


Symposia and Invited Lectures:

Nicolson R. Brain imaging in autism. Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Toronto, 2006.

Nicolson R. Pharmacotherapy of interfering behaviours in autism. Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Montreal 2007.

Nicolson R. Adult outcomes of pervasive developmental disorders. Ontario Psychiatric Association, Toronto, 2008.


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