About Emily Casanova

Dr. Casanova earned her doctorate in Anatomy Science & Neurobiology from the University of Louisville’s Medical School. She is currently a Research Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina’s School of Medicine at Greenville, working in close conjunction with Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics at Prisma Health (formerly Greenville Health System). She has research background in neurobiology, developmental biology, and some genetics, dermatopathology, and neuropathology, with particular foci on neurodevelopmental conditions such as autism and connective tissue disorders like Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS)/Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders (HSD). Her current research foci/topics of interest include: 1) functional classification of high-risk autism genes; 2) the characterization of genomic features common to autism risk genes and those genes’ roles in the evolution of animal morphology; and 3) etiological overlap between autism and EDS/HSD. In addition to her research interests in EDS/HSD, she is also a zebra herself 🦓 and is passionate about patient advocacy.

11 responses to “About Emily Casanova

  1. Emily,
    I saw your TED Talk and teared up. I am forwarding it to all my friends who have kids with LD’s. My daughter loves Science and reads about it all the time. I will forward your Blog to her as well. She is 10, still young but I am sure she will love the articles you have written.

  2. Hi, yaminimudaliar. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed the site so far. Although unfortunately I’ve yet to make any TED talk, so I’m not exactly certain who you may be confusing me with. But in any case, I hope your daughter enjoys the blog! 🙂

  3. Emily,
    How can I delete one of my replies?
    The one about fundamentalist churches please, in the Copernican feed.

  4. I just read an article about your research. I am very interested as I have two children on the autism spectrum. One has Marfan like traits and I am just starting on the journey of discovery about this aspect of his health. I am looking for direction, information and any insight! I hope you respond here. Thank you

    • Hi, Janna. Marfan-like (Marfanoid) features can also occur with Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hEDS). If you suspect your child has Marfanoid traits, I highly recommend you talk to his pediatrician and get a referral to a genetics clinic for testing. It’s important to rule out something like Marfan’s and the heart issues that often accompany it. hEDS can sometimes have heart issues too but they tend to be less severe than Marfan’s syndrome. In any case, it’s a good idea to see a geneticist for a clinical assessment and genetic testing. If he does get either of these diagnoses, it will be important he gets consistent check-ups on his heart (among other things of course). I’ve typically heard knowledgeable recommend an echocardiogram at least every few years for people with these hereditary connective tissue disorders. Hope the information helps! 🙂

      • Thank you. We have an eco scheduled. We’ll see where that info leads. My guy is very interested in research and has always had quite an interest in paleontology as well. It was neat reading your bio and finding similarities. If you’re in need of research subjects, it seems like he may fall into your data set.
        (We live in Virginia)

        Thank you for the reply!

      • Not too far from us! I usually post adverts for some of my research studies here on the blog, so just following the blog is an easy way to keep up. Our current study is pretty limited though because we’re studying moms of kiddoes with autism and/or ADHD who are seen by our local pediatrics clinic, so that unfortunately prevents people from outside the area joining in the study. But hopefully this is just the first of many. 🙂

  5. Hi Emily, I happened to find your blog and see you are in Greenville, SC. I’m trying to find help for my brother who lives in Greenville, SC as well. Can you recommend any treatment/testing facilities that are knowledgeable in Autism/Aspergers.? My brother is 58 and never officially diagnosed since he has extreme anxiety. He has recently lost 70 pounds (he was not overweight)and all medical tests have come back negative which is good. The doctors are suggesting a psychiatrist. I thought you may have some good information for me on where to refer him. Thank you.

    • Hi, Sally. Unfortunately I don’t get to interact with too many adults in the area and am not familiar with their services. But I will ask some of the docs/psychologists in my office who I suspect have more knowledge. Does your brother have any other symptoms, like more recent GI problems associated with the weight loss? Have they tested for diabetes? Is he on any meds that could have this effect? Has he gone to see an internist? It sounds like, even though the labs are showing within normal range, the doctor(s) is clearly missing something major. 70lb weight loss is definitely not normal, especially when said person isn’t trying to lose weight.

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