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Community Newsletter: Sensory sensitivities; neuroscience podcasts

by  /  18 June 2023
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Kevin Bender of the University of California, San Francisco, described his team’s preprint “Impaired cerebellar plasticity hypersensitizes sensory reflexes in SCN2A-associated ASD,” posted on bioRxiv 7 June.

Alex Kwan of Cornell University, Karen Ho of the University of Utah and Pierre Apostolides of the University of Michigan responded to Bender.

Patrick Mineault of xcorr consulting posed a question about podcasts.

Melissa Franch of UTHealth Houston, Byron Price of Boston University and Evie Coxon of Harvard University were among the many who responded.

Santhosh Girirajan of Pennsylvania State University detailed his team’s preprint “Assortative mating and parental genetic relatedness drive the pathogenicity of variably expressive variants,” posted on medRxiv 26 May.

Veera Rajagopal of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Maddie Gillentine of Seattle Children’s Hospital replied to Girirajan.

Sridhar Jagannathan of Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin explained his team’s paper “Multivariate classification of multichannel long-term electrophysiology data identifies different sleep stages in fruit flies,” posted on bioRxiv 13 June.

Bigna Lenggenhager of Universität Konstanz and Tristan Bekinschtein of the University of Cambridge joined the conversation.

Dimitris Bolis of the University of Lisbon linked to his team’s study “Moving together: Social motor synchrony in autistic peer partners depends on partner and activity type,” published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 13 June.

Itay Inbar of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev replied to Bolis.

Mastodon user FocalPlane shared a link to the article “Facial analytics based on a coordinate extrapolation system (zFACE) for morphometric phenotyping of developing zebrafish,” published in Disease Models & Mechanisms 2 June.

John Cryan of University College Cork posted a link to “Zebrafish (danio rerio) as a translational model for neuro-immune interactions in the enteric nervous system in autism spectrum disorders,” published in Brain, Behavior, and Immunity 9 June.

Gilles Vanwalleghem of Aarhus University replied to Cryan.

Ignacio Málaga Diéguez of the University of Texas Southwestern shared a link to the article “Trofinetide for the treatment of Rett syndrome: A randomized phase 3 study,” published in Nature Medicine 8 June. Spectrum covered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the drug in March.

Anna Williams of SS4 Autism shared a link to “Deletion of the autism-related gene Chd8 alters activity-dependent transcriptional responses in mouse postmitotic neurons,” published in Communications Biology 2 June.

AG Mednet posted a link to their Judi newsletter, which includes Spectrum’s article “Multi-lab study hints at benefits of long-tested autism drug,” published 8 June.

Paul Wang of Clinical Research Associates, an affiliate of the Simons Foundation (Spectrum’s parent organization), commented on “Trials of arbaclofen for autism yield mixed results,” published on Spectrum 5 May.

David Huss of West Virginia University commented on “Simons Foundation clinical research head Wendy Chung to lead Boston Children’s pediatrics department,” published on Spectrum 14 February.

Annemiek Landlust of University Medical Center Groningen posted an image of three posters her team presented at the II European conference on Phelan-McDermid Syndrome in Madrid, Spain.

That’s it for this week’s Community Newsletter! If you have any suggestions for interesting social posts you saw in the autism research sphere, feel free to send an email to [email protected].

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