Webinar: Why is studying the brain important for understanding autism?

In this SPARK webinar, David G. Amaral, Ph.D. and Cynthia M. Schumann, Ph.D. talk about the importance of brain tissue research to deepen the understanding of the causes of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. They also provide an overview of how studying the human brain can help develop new and effective treatments to improve the […]

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Autism BrainNet Fall 2019 Update

We are happy to share the Fall 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-October 2019

Meet our partners. Autism BrainNet can accomplish its goal of advancing autism research through postmortem brain studies thanks to partners from many walks of life. Our most important collaborators are the families in the United States, Great Britain and now Canada, who decided — or are considering — to make the most precious gift of […]

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The amygdala, a brain structure involved in processing emotional information, shows microscopic changes in individuals with autism

In two articles1,2 that appeared last year in the journals Proceedings of the National Academy of Science and Journal of Comparative Neurology, Cyndi Schumann and her colleagues reported that the brain of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) shows microscopic changes in the number and structure of neurons located in the amygdala, a brain region […]

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Letter from the Director-July 2019

Autism BrainNet is for the living While virtually all of the effort of the Autism BrainNet team is dedicated to spreading the word about the need for postmortem brain donations or making it easy for family members to make a donation of the brain of their loved one, we never lose sight of the fact […]

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Panel on postmortem brain studies highlights new findings on the autism brain

The 2019 International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) meeting was held in Montreal, Canada, May 1-4. This annual event hosted a variety of presentations on the latest autism research, including a panel on ‘Postmortem studies: Functional genomic profiling studies of ASD brain.” Chaired by Daniel Geschwind (University of California, Los Angeles, UCLA), the panel highlighted […]

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Single-cell study identifies brain cell types linked to autism

Research using postmortem brain tissue has helped to identify changes in gene expression and dysregulated pathways associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Because these studies used a ‘bulk’ approach that averages RNA measures across the brain tissue, it has been difficult to assess differences in gene expression specific to the many different cell types in […]

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