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Society for Neuroscience Global Connectome 2021

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human brain lights up with connections within a network

Community newsletter: All about SfN Global Connectome

by  /  19 January 2021
We dove into what people on social media thought about the SfN Global Connectome 2021 conference -- and its virtual format.
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Brain pattern with people gathering

Highlights, missed opportunities: SfN by the tweets

by  /  15 January 2021
Participants video chatted and tweeted their way through the Society for Neuroscience’s three-day virtual conference this week.
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girl about to catch a ball

Autistic children may have trouble predicting movements

by  /  15 January 2021
Autistic children may have a harder time catching a ball than non-autistic children do, possibly because they are less able to predict its trajectory.
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SEM of faecal bacteria.
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Study hints at microbiome differences in children with autism

by  /  14 January 2021

Children with autism may have a subtly different set of bacteria in their gut than their non-autistic siblings do.

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Illustration of firing neurons.
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Autism protein may shape neuronal firing patterns

by  /  14 January 2021

Cells with excess UBE3A, an autism-linked protein, have atypical firing properties that can be corrected by limiting the protein’s levels, according to new research.

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Lost sleep sparks lasting social problems in SHANK3 mice

by  /  14 January 2021

Sleep disruption early in life has long-lasting consequences for mice missing a copy of the autism-linked gene SHANK3.

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Mouse on gray background looks at something out of frame.
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Inability to attend to cues may cause sensory challenges in fragile X mice

by  /  14 January 2021

Sensory problems in people with fragile X syndrome may stem from hyperactive neurons, a mouse model study suggests.

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Mouse with her pup
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Malfunctioning neurons mute sound processing in mouse model of Rett syndrome

by  /  14 January 2021

Female mice missing a copy of the autism-linked gene MECP2 in a specific set of inhibitory neurons have a hard time heeding pups’ calls and herding litters.

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New gene therapy methods deliver promise

by  /  14 January 2021

Two unpublished studies detail improved techniques for delivering gene therapies to the brain.

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Scans of mouse brain slices showing differences in oxytocin levels
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Oxytocin alters brain activity to boost sociability in mice missing autism gene

by  /  13 January 2021

Infusions of the hormone oxytocin may make mice that model autism more social by normalizing their brain activity patterns.

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Boy sleeping in low light
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Brain-wave patterns flag sleep differences in dup15q syndrome

by  /  13 January 2021

Children with dup15q syndrome may have telltale patterns of brain activity during sleep and get less non-REM sleep than neurotypical children do.

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Two top autism genes may have a mechanism in common

by  /  13 January 2021

Mutations in two genes linked to autism and intellectual disability boost the immune response and cause synapse dysfunction.

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neurons in mice
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Sensory perception, cell signals disrupted in people and mice missing autism gene

by  /  13 January 2021

People and mice with only one working copy of the autism gene SYNGAP1 may have trouble processing sights and sounds.

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