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December 2023
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Work of autism researcher questioned again

by  /  14 December 2023

Four studies, including results of a clinical trial, were flagged on PubPeer for a variety of criticisms.


Autism research hits the road

by  /  8 December 2023

Some scientists are thinking creatively about how to collect data in flexible environments and meet communities where they’re at.

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Microglial overreaction to atypical neurons may drive autism

by  /  7 December 2023

In mice and organoids lacking a neuronal protein, microglia prune synapses to excess.

November 2023
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Welcome to The Transmitter

by  /  13 November 2023

We aim to deliver insights and tools to build bridges across neuroscience and propel research forward.

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Running a lab like a startup company: Q&A with Dorothy Tse

by  /  9 November 2023

Adopting an entrepreneurial mindset pushed Tse to define her research priorities as she launched her lab.

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Neuroscientists weigh carbon costs of attending annual meeting

by ,  /  6 November 2023

Travel to the Society for Neuroscience conference is responsible for tens of thousands of metric tons of carbon emissions, according to a new study, but neuroscientists have yet to agree on what that should mean for the future of the in-person meeting.

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Neuroscientist has two papers retracted, three corrected

by  /  2 November 2023

Five studies of Alzheimer’s disease or traumatic brain injury, all led by Gary Dunbar at Central Michigan University, have some form of image duplication.

October 2023
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New template streamlines sharing clinical trial results

by  /  31 October 2023

This month’s Going on Trial newsletter explores a new tool for communicating with clinical trial participants and their families, among other drug development news.

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Nobel laureate’s study earns expression of concern over data integrity issues

by  /  19 October 2023

Data sleuths have flagged apparent errors in the study, which was led by neuroscientist Thomas Südhof.

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Article defending private-equity involvement in autism services retracted

by ,  /  19 October 2023

Nearly two-thirds of the article’s references appear to not exist.