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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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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