"Restifo takes single mutated brain neurons from a fruit fly and tries to figure out what's wrong with them and, more importantly, what can be done to correct it.
And Restifo thinks there may be a drug to improve brain function in people with autism that's already been discovered and is waiting in the pharmacy.
She tests drugs that already have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for a purpose other than improving brain function to see whether they also may correct mutated or curly neurons.
"It's entirely possible drugs to treat autism are already out there," she said.
And it's much faster to conduct research with drugs that already have been approved because they've already been proved safe, she said.
Once again, God Bless America.