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Tag: cerebellum

August 2015

Control centers for genes rife with autism-linked DNA blips

by  /  3 August 2015

DNA sequences called enhancers — which boost the expression of genes from within or outside them — are enriched for genetic variants linked to autism, suggests a new study. The finding may help researchers understand how variants outside genes contribute to autism.

May 2015

Brain structure abnormalities predict repetitive behaviors

by  /  19 May 2015

Among babies who go on to receive a diagnosis of autism at age 2, alterations in brain structures forecast the severity of repetitive behaviors. The preliminary results were presented Saturday at the 2015 International Meeting for Autism Research in Salt Lake City, Utah.  

March 2015
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Spotted: Missing cerebellum; app approach

by  /  20 March 2015

Researchers home in on the cerebellum’s role, and an app helps children with autism make eye contact.

February 2015

Timed cues create mini-cerebellum in culture

by  /  25 February 2015

Researchers can coax human stem cells to grow into layered structures that mimic the brain’s center for motor control, the cerebellum.

January 2015

Autism gene acts as ‘switch’ for brain development genes

by  /  8 January 2015

The autism-linked gene AUTS2 activates a group of genes that may be important for early brain development. The findings, published 18 December in Nature, hint at AUTS2’s potential role in autism and other developmental disorders.


Surplus of synapses may stunt motor skills in autism

by  /  5 January 2015

An overabundance of neuronal connections in the brains of people with autism may contribute to the motor impairments associated with the disorder.

December 2014

Notable papers of 2014

by  /  22 December 2014

It’s no easy feat to whittle down the list of the most influential autism papers to a mere 10. So please consider this but a taste of the burgeoning field, presented in chronological order and based on suggestions from many researchers.


Brains of people with autism show altered growth with age

by  /  11 December 2014

Several brain regions in people with autism become enlarged earlier than usual during childhood and shrink too soon during adulthood, finds an eight-year imaging study.

November 2014

Who are you going to believe, your body or your lying eyes?

by  /  20 November 2014

Children with autism tend to rely more on their bodies when learning new motor skills, while controls rely more on their eyes, suggests unpublished research presented Wednesday at the 2014 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C.


Researchers refine cerebellum’s role in autism

by  /  16 November 2014

People with autism have trouble moving in response to something they see, a process tuned by the cerebellum. Researchers presented the unpublished study today at the 2014 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Another study presented today links defects in a section of the cerebellum to language problems in autism, underscoring the region’s importance in the disorder.