What Can One Brain Do For Autism Research?

Did you know that each brain can supply resources for up to 2 dozen research studies?  In a webinar given by node director Cyndi Schumann, she explains how one donation has led to significant discoveries in the neurobiology of autism, including how cells are shaped, how many there are, genetic influences of ASD, how genes […]

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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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Autism BrainNet 2017 Summer Update

We are happy to share the Summer 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-April 28, 2017

On April 28th, Dr. Neelroop Parkishak from the lab of Dr. Daniel Geschwind at UCLA presented a summary of findings which looked at the simultaneous activity of several genes together, rather than separately, to identify common biological mechanisms across the causes of autism. He showed that despite different causes of ASD, brain tissue research reveals […]

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Autism BrainNet Webinar – May 4, 2017

Around 5-10% of autism cases are caused by mutations of highly penetrant genes. It was previously thought that environmental factors did not play a significant role in these “single gene autisms,” but recent research has proven otherwise. On Thursday, May 4th, Dr. Janine LaSalle and collaborator Keith Dunaway discussed the opportunities in studying gene x […]

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Autism BrainNet 2017 Spring Update

We are happy to share the Spring 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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New Autism BrainNet Study Shows Sex Differences in the Brain

Using brain tissue from individuals with males and females with autism, researchers showed an increase in the number of genetic mutations in females compared to males.  Females showed more mutations in genes controlling neurotransmitter and immune function and neuronal development.  This study highlights the need for more research into understanding the brains of females with […]

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Autism BrainNet 2016 Winter Update

We are happy to share the Winter 2016 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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