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October 2023
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How to stay afloat in the flood of scientific literature

by  /  11 October 2023

A combination of automation and social curation can help keep early-career researchers from drowning in the sea of scientific publications.

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Uncertainty and excitement surround one company’s cell therapy for epilepsy

by  /  5 October 2023

After 10 years of work, Neurona may have the data to quiet its skeptics. But its ongoing clinical trial will be the ultimate test.

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Marchers in St. Petersburg, Florida protest anti-LGBTQ+ legislation.

Neuroscience group to relocate 2025 meeting slated for Florida

by  /  5 October 2023

Going forward, the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology plans to gather at “non-discriminatory sites,” following the passage of Florida laws targeting LGBTQ+ people and reproductive rights.

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Research image of mutations in mouse cortical neurons.

Mutations in multipurpose gene deal dendrites a double whammy

by  /  4 October 2023

The mutations disrupt protein translation as well as the cell’s skeleton, according to a new study.

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September 2023
Research image of presynapses on sensory neurons in fruit flies.

UBE3A’s link to synaptic pruning bolstered by fly study

by  /  28 September 2023

Increasing or reducing the levels of the UBE3A gene, which is associated with autism and autism-related syndromes, results in altered patterns of synaptic pruning — a process that snips away brain cell connections.

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Looking at eye tracking’s potential for clinical trials

by  /  28 September 2023

This month’s Going on Trial newsletter explores how eye tracking might be used beyond helping with diagnosis, among other drug development news.

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Mental health issues emerge with shifts in autism traits across childhood

by  /  27 September 2023

Anxiety and other challenges autistic children experience may stem from an increase in social-communication issues and a decrease in repetitive behaviors from ages 6 to 11.

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Debate unfurls over inclusivity and authenticity in research involving minimally verbal autistic people

by  /  25 September 2023

Autism researchers can’t agree on how far to go to validate the input they gather from minimally verbal autistic people who use certain communication devices.

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Common genetic variants shape the structure of the cortex

by  /  18 September 2023

A genome-wide association study lays a foundation for deeper investigation of these variants in neurodevelopmental conditions.

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Six tips for postdoc success

by  /  14 September 2023

Postdoctoral positions are relatively short, so starting out on the right foot can make all the difference. Researchers offer their advice for making that happen.

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