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Tag: brain imaging

April 2018
eight brains with different regions highlighted

Brains of men with autism have some ‘female’ patterns

by  /  25 April 2018

The brains of men with autism may have a mosaic of features from both genders.


Webinar: Shafali Jeste discusses brain development in high-risk infants

 /  25 April 2018

Watch the complete replay of Shafali Jeste discussing her work investigating brain structure and function in infants at high risk for autism. 

Week of AprilApr

Randomized trial repository; Beijing brain center; global science march and more

by  /  20 April 2018

Scientists release a list of all randomized controlled trials of autism treatments, China establishes a brain center for an ambitious new project, and people around the world march for science again.

scans of a mouse brain with highlighted regions

Active neurons emit visible glow from depths of animal brains

by  /  13 April 2018

Modified versions of molecules found in fireflies make brain cells glow so brightly they are visible from outside the body.

four brains sliced to show varying thickness

Genes altered in autism may control brain’s thickness

by  /  12 April 2018

Some genes associated with autism may influence the thickness of the cerebral cortex, the brain’s outer layer.


How to break new ground in the search for autism biomarkers

by  /  3 April 2018

A large dataset that catalogs the features of many brain conditions could transform the quest for biomarkers of autism.

A microglia cell (red), touches the signal-receiving ends of neurons (green) in the brain

Microglia may have only small appetite for synapses

by  /  2 April 2018

Microglia come into frequent contact with synapses, the connections between neurons, but they appear to nibble on them rather than engulf and digest them.

March 2018

How to improve mouse models’ usefulness for understanding autism

by  /  20 March 2018

Integrating human-specific genetic elements into mice may provide a permissive, ‘humanized’ environment for studying autism.

February 2018

What teenagers can teach scientists about autism

by  /  27 February 2018

Examining the teenage years presents a major opportunity for understanding and treating autism.

Week of FebruaryFeb

Ultrasound exposure; maternal age; ‘special’ interests and more

by  /  16 February 2018

Autism is not associated with ultrasound frequency or duration, maternal age and education affect autism odds, and people on the spectrum benefit from their ‘special interests.’