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May 2023
Research image of oligodendrocytes in mice treated with clemastine compared to untreated mice.

Antihistamine aids myelination in Pitt-Hopkins mice

by  /  25 May 2023

The drug clemastine and other compounds that fortify the protective sheath around neurons may prove therapeutic for some genetic neurodevelopmental conditions.

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Illustration of DNA methylation.

‘Polygenic risk scores’ for autism, explained

by  /  23 May 2023

These scores — composite measures of a person’s autism-linked common genetic variants — cannot predict an autism diagnosis but could help researchers better understand the condition’s underlying biology.

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A stack of papers sits on a blue table.

Neuroscience journal retracts 13 papers at once

by  /  22 May 2023

The papers were flagged by a method that has now been called into question.

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Composite research image of organoids at several stages of development.

Genetic background sways effects of autism-linked mutation

by  /  18 May 2023

Experiments offer clues to why certain mutations are associated with autism in some people and not others.

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Illustration of hybrid objects: part light bulb, part lab vial, some in blue and some in red to signify null and replicated results.

Null and Noteworthy: Arbaclofen results; another oxytocin edition

by  /  17 May 2023

New data from clinical trials of arbaclofen and oxytocin underscore the murkiness of null results. Plus, researchers seek clarity on the neurodevelopmental effects of oxytocin during childbirth.

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Images from structural, functional and diffusion MRI scans.

Dataset maps connectivity in 40,000 brains

by  /  15 May 2023

The new resource aims to aid reproducibility in imaging research.

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Still image taken from research video of three human microglia surveying their surroundings in a new experimental setup for studying the cells.

Grafted organoids reveal how microglia adapt to shifting brain environments

by  /  11 May 2023

The chimeric mouse model could provide a more realistic way to study microglia’s roles in brain conditions such as autism.

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Photograph of a white man in a green sweater sitting on a yellow sofa near a large window.

Flawed protocol for levodopa clinical trial brings retractions

by  /  9 May 2023

The retracted studies mar hope for the drug’s use in depression.

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Photograph of white pills and blister pack on blue pastel colored background.

Trials of arbaclofen for autism yield mixed results

by  /  5 May 2023

Autistic children taking the drug showed improvements in some behaviors but not in their social skills.

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Spectrum Launch: Demystifying academia with Laurel Gabard-Durnam

by  /  4 May 2023

The Northeastern University psychology professor’s website offers a wealth of resources about how to navigate an academic career.

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