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Society for Neuroscience 2017

November 2017
white lab rats piled together
SFN 2017

Rodent ratings reveal periods of vulnerability to harmful exposures

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Nongenetic rodent models most relevant to autism tend to be those exposed to environmental agents in the womb or shortly after birth.

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woman looking behind her with fearful expression
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Face processing may improve over time in children with autism

by  /  13 November 2017

The activity of the brain’s face detector, the fusiform gyrus, in response to faces is greater in adolescents with autism than it is in younger children with the condition.

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Mice missing the tuberous sclerosis gene in astrocytes have frequent seizures.
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Cancer drug wards off seizures in mouse model of tuberous sclerosis

by  /  13 November 2017

A drug called rapamycin prevents seizures in a mouse model of the autism-related condition tuberous sclerosis complex.

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Magnetoencephalography picks up the tiny magnetic fields produced by neuronal activity.
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Powerful duo of techniques charts signals’ path through brain

by  /  13 November 2017

Combining a brain imaging technique with a neuron stimulation method can reveal how activity at one site travels through neural networks in the brain.

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Neurons called place cells light up when a mouse reaches a specific point along a 25-foot-long track.
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Wireless Miniscope ties seizures to spatial memory problems

by  /  13 November 2017

A wireless miniature microscope lets researchers peer into the brains of mice as they run along a 25-foot track.

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white lab rat
SFN 2017

‘Fragile’ behaviors mar studies of popular autism mouse model

by  /  13 November 2017

Researchers should proceed with caution when studying the behavior of one of the most popular mouse models of autism: the fragile X mouse model.

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lab mice
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Fragile X behaviors may stem from gene’s loss in specific cells

by  /  13 November 2017

Deleting FMR1, the gene mutated in fragile X syndrome, in subsets of mouse neurons leads to distinct features of the condition.

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EEG caps, fNIRS
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Realistic social test identifies new language area in brain

by  /  13 November 2017

A test designed to capture the dynamic back-and-forth of conversation suggests the existence of a new language area in the brain.

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he program simulates the elaborate branches of Purkinje cells. Courtesy of OIST
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Researchers simulate neuron down to sub-micron detail

by  /  13 November 2017

A software program can simulate a neuron with realistic 3-D detail in a matter of hours.

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Stem cells derived from an individual’s skin can become neurons with her unique genetic makeup.
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Brain cells spun from skin point to subtypes of autism

by  /  12 November 2017

Neurons derived from people with a syndromic form of autism look and behave differently than do those from people with classic autism.

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