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Society for Neuroscience 2021

SFN 2021

Including immune cells in brain organoids improves model’s accuracy

by  /  15 November 2021
Cortical organoids that contain non-neuronal brain cells called microglia may reflect human neurodevelopment more faithfully than those that don’t.
SFN 2021

New studies reveal how autism might alter synapse formation, pruning

by  /  12 November 2021
The work fills in gaps about how synapses change before and after birth — essential knowledge for understanding whether synapse development differs in autism.
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Gene therapy for rare form of autism may treat another

by  /  11 November 2021
A MECP2 gene therapy for Rett syndrome eases repetitive behaviors, anxiety and hyperactivity in a mouse model of Pitt-Hopkins syndrome.
November 2021
SFN 2021

Dispatches from SfN 2021: Mitochondria, Rett therapy and oxytocin

These short reports from Spectrum journalists highlight some of the autism-related findings that caught our attention at the meeting this past week.

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SFN 2021

Technical issues force SfN presenters to improvise

by  /  10 November 2021

Technical issues have plagued the 2021 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting, with presenters unable to log in for their virtual poster sessions and battling auto-captioning quirks.

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Three mice sniffing each other.
SFN 2021

Reversing mutations in top autism-linked gene makes adult mice more social

by  /  10 November 2021

Treatments that counteract the effects of an SCN2A mutation in mice increase the animals’ sociability in adulthood, according to a new unpublished study.

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Despite calls to action, Black scientists remain underrepresented at neuroscience meetings

by  /  8 November 2021

The percentage of Black researchers presenting at neuroscience conferences has increased by only a meager amount since the Black Lives Matter protests of 2020.

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SFN 2021

Auto-antibodies shape brain development in myriad ways

by  /  8 November 2021

Animal models of autism rooted in exposure to maternal antibodies hint at different mechanisms.

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