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March 2022

New MRI probe illuminates neuronal interactions

by  /  30 March 2022

The calcium-sensing instrument translates neuronal activity into signals that can be detected via functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).

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DNA tags in placenta point to possible autism-linked gene

by  /  29 March 2022

The gene, dubbed NHIP, is in a chromosomal region that shows unusually low levels of DNA methylation in placentas from women who gave birth to autistic children.

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Lisa Croen: Autism’s first dedicated epidemiologist

by  /  28 March 2022

Inspired by watching her autistic nephew grow up, Croen has also been an advocate for bolstering research and services for autistic adults.

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Community Newsletter: Reconsidering rodent models, rethinking early interventions

by  /  27 March 2022

Autism research tweets this week sounded multiple notes of caution — about mouse models, early interventions, genetic associations and leaky recruitment pipelines.

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Week of MarchMar
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Spotted around the web: Sleep disturbances, gender views, reading emotions

by  /  25 March 2022

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 21 March.

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Neurons with low levels of ASH1L have fewer and shorter projections

Drug boosts growth of neurons deficient in autism-linked protein

by  /  25 March 2022

The neurons, which have low levels of the gene ASH1L, sprout more branches after the treatment.

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Neural network finds markers of autism, gender in brain scans

by  /  24 March 2022

Deep-learning algorithms can cut through some of the noise in brain imaging data collected across different sites.

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Switching neurons on and off to probe autism circuits

by  /  23 March 2022

A 3D optogenetics method can mimic natural rhythms of neural activity, rendering previously unanswerable questions amenable to inquiry — including questions about autism.

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New human neuron assays set stage for high-throughput autism drug screens

by  /  22 March 2022

The ability to conduct large-scale screening in human neurons could accelerate the discovery of autism treatments.

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Community Newsletter: Powering neuroimaging studies, neurodiversity and Nigerian autism screening

by  /  20 March 2022

This week’s newsletter threads together tweets about what’s needed to link brain structure or function to behavior, early support for autistic children and a new tool to screen for autism in Nigeria.

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