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Spectrum: Autism Research News

Onward to the capital

by  /  14 November 2008

This article is more than five years old. Autism research — and science in general — is constantly evolving, so older articles may contain information or theories that have been reevaluated since their original publication date.


Even as I type this, thousands of neuroscientists are descending on Washington D.C. for an annual event that is almost beyond description. An estimated 36,000 people are expected to attend Neuroscience 2008, this yearʼs meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, hobnob, listen to lectures, present posters and down drinks at the many social events.

In case youʼre among the few neuroscientists that isnʼt going, we will be posting daily updates from the conference here on the website. Even if you are going, well, you already know how impossible it is to grasp more than a fraction of the conferenceʼs talks, so youʼll want to visit us anyway.

Our fearless reporters Virginia Hughes and Kelly Chi, and I will all be writing primarily about autism ― from genetics to animal models and experimental therapies ― but also about aspects of schizophrenia, about cognition and attention and about the molecular wiring of the brain as it relates to autism.

Let the games begin…

For all reports from the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting, click here.