Autism BrainNet Winter 2017 Update

We are happy to share the Winter 2017 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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Autism BrainNet Webinar-January 22, 2018

On January 22nd, Christopher Walsh, MD, PhD, Autism BrainNet researcher and Chief of the Division of Genetics at Boston Children’s Hospital, presented data on genetic mutations that occur in the brain, and only in the brain. These mutations, named post-zygotic mutations, are seen only in the brain because they occur after the formation of the zygote, […]

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Letter from the Director-December 2017

As we transition from 2017 to 2018, we are thankful to many individuals and groups who have helped Autism BrainNet further its goal of collecting critical brain tissue to fuel essential research about autism spectrum disorder. We first thank the 42 families that made donations to Autism BrainNet in 2017. Their calls to Autism BrainNet […]

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Autism BrainNet 2017 Fall Update

We are happy to share the Fall 2017 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

Imagine if you could take a small sample of cells from a person, say some skin or blood cells, and through the wizardry of molecular biology, transform them into stem cells. Stems cells have the capacity of being transformed into any cells in the body, such as heart cells or brain cells. Well, what was […]

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Spotlight on Scientists: Daniel Geschwind, MD, PhD

As the director of the Center for Autism Research and Treatment at UCLA and a distinguished professor in neurology, psychiatry and human genetics at the UCLA School of Medicine, Dan Geschwind is well known for his discoveries and contributions to the field of autism.  Since he joined the UCLA faculty in 1997, he has dedicated […]

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Contributions of Neuropathology and Animal Models to Understanding Autism

Autism BrainNet Node Director Patrick Hof and colleagues present an overview of current findings in neuropathology studies of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) using two investigational approaches, postmortem human brains and ASD animal models, and discuss the overlap, limitations, and significance of each. Postmortem examination of ASD brains has revealed global changes including disorganized gray and […]

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Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Unyts Collaborate to Increase Brain Tissue Donation for Autism Research

New York, NY – September 12, 2017 /Press Release/  ––  The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) and Unyts, the designated organ procurement organization for the eight counties of western New York State, announced today a new agreement that will help increase and enhance the quantity of postmortem brain tissue available for critical autism research. Unyts, […]

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How is the female brain with autism different?

Males are four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) than females, but the reason why is unclear.  Brain tissue researchers at UCLA and UC Davis recently published data which shows that females may be protected against symptoms in some way. This research update provides more details.

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