Autism BrainNet Establishes Collaboration with Douglas-Bell Canada Brain Bank to Promote Research on Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism BrainNet, a program funded by the New York-based Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI), announces a new collaboration with the Douglas-Bell Canada Brain Bank (DBCBB). This alliance will allow Canadian individuals and families the opportunity to consider making a postmortem brain donation to help advance research on the causes and treatments of autism spectrum […]

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Autism BrainNet Spring 2019 Update

We are happy to share the Spring 2019 issue of the Autism BrainNet newsletter with you. The Autism BrainNet newsletter frequently summarizes the new science and outreach of this program. Read more here.

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Letter from the Director-April 2019

Autism BrainNet Begins New Tissue Distribution – Autism BrainNet was established in 2014 with the goal of collecting postmortem brain tissue to promote research on the causes and potential treatments of autism spectrum (ASD) and other related neurodevelopmental disorders. To date, Autism BrainNet has received 153 brain donations, including 59 from individuals with a confirmed […]

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RNA-editing is dysregulated in the brains of individuals with autism

Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, found that RNA-editing is dysregulated in the brains of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)1. RNA-editing is a mechanism that occurs inside the cells, whereby the cell’s RNA sequence can be altered, thus changing the information used to build proteins. This process is known to play a […]

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Oxytocin in the autism brain

It is well known that individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have difficulties in social interactions. However, the biological causes of these difficulties are not well understood. In the brain, many social and associated behaviors are modulated by the release of a chemical compound called oxytocin1. Researchers have hypothesized that social deficits in ASD may […]

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Autism BrainNet begins distribution of new postmortem brain tissue

The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) is pleased to announce that Autism BrainNet is beginning to distribute new frozen and fixed postmortem brain tissue from individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related neurodevelopmental disorders, as well as neurotypical individuals. To date, the Autism BrainNet collection has received 146 brain donations. This includes 55 […]

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Autism BrainNet Winter 2018 Update

We are happy to share the Winter 2018 issue of the Autism BrainNet newsletter with you. The Autism BrainNet newsletter frequently summarizes the new science and outreach of this program. Read more here.

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The immune system in autism: What does microglia have to do with it?

While much of the research on postmortem autistic brains involves the principal information processing cell, the neuron, there are other cells in the brain that have a variety of functions. Astrocytes and microglia are two types of “glial” cells specific to the central nervous system. While astrocytes have multiple functions, such as contributing to the […]

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