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Angie Voyles Askham

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Angie Voyles Askham is a reporter for Spectrum, where she covers neural circuits and gene therapy, among other topics. She proposed and writes Spectrum Launch, a monthly newsletter for early-career researchers. Before joining Spectrum in 2020, she worked in radio journalism and academic publishing. Voyles Askham has a Ph.D. in neuroscience from NYU and a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Vanderbilt University. You can email her at [email protected] or find her on Twitter @avaskham.

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July 2022

Timing is key in treating sensory traits in fragile X

by  /  11 July 2022

An experimental drug improves sensory sensitivities in fragile X model mice — but only if it’s administered after certain brain circuits have formed, according to a new unpublished study.

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Spectrum Launch: When mentoring goes wrong

by  /  7 July 2022

Having a productive relationship can be beneficial for both mentors and mentees. So what can either side do when that mentorship goes awry?

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June 2022

Poor sleep shifts social circuit in mice

by  /  20 June 2022

Even temporary bouts of too little non-REM sleep can lead to long-term changes in how the animals respond to certain social situations, new research suggests.

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Brain’s early visual areas reflect autism’s heritability

by  /  16 June 2022

Inherited genetic factors for autism influence brain development, new studies of autistic children and their younger siblings reveal.

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Gene therapy targets interneurons to tackle Dravet syndrome

by  /  13 June 2022

The approach, tested in mice, selectively boosts the expression of the autism-linked gene SCN1A in a subgroup of inhibitory cells.

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Week of JuneJun
6th
2022

Spotted around the web: COVID-19 during pregnancy, sleep problems, eugenics

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 6 June.

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Week of MayMay
30th
2022

Spotted around the web: Sex differences in microglia, Google searches, Kavli Prize

by ,  /  3 June 2022

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 30 May.

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Spectrum Launch: Meet the duo behind INSAR’s ECR networking

by  /  2 June 2022

The chair and co-chair of the Student and Trainee Committee for the International Society for Autism Research share their advice for early-career researchers.

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May 2022
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Why monkey researchers are seeking the spotlight: Q&A with Cory Miller

by  /  25 May 2022

For decades, many researchers who study nonhuman primates kept quiet about their work, concerned about the extreme actions taken by some animal welfare activists. But a growing number are speaking more openly about the importance of their work in an attempt to take back the narrative.

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Week of MayMay
16th
2022

Spotted around the web: INSAR abstracts, autism-specific anxiety, Human Cell Atlas

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 16 May.

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