TOPIC

The Brain

Charting the structure and function of the brain’s many circuits may unravel autism’s mysteries.

April 2018
four brains sliced to show varying thickness
News

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.

0 Comments
A silicon nanowire touches the membrane of a rat neuron.
News / Toolbox

Silicon nanowires stimulate neurons with light

by  /  6 April 2018

Microscopic silicon wires could enable scientists to excite neurons with light without first inserting genes into them.

0 Comments
extra neuronal connections may sprout from the amygdala, a brain region governing fear
News

In autism, brain’s emotion hub begins with too many cells

by  /  6 April 2018

The amygdala, a brain region that governs emotions, may be enlarged and overly connected in children with autism, but it shrinks as the children grow up.

0 Comments
Opinion / Viewpoint

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.

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

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.

0 Comments
March 2018
Tiny particles (blue), along with light-sensitive proteins (green) and light, excite neurons (red) in a reward region of the mouse brain.
News / Toolbox

Tiny particles safely stimulate neurons buried in brain

by  /  30 March 2018

A new technology that converts near-infrared light to visible light can manipulate neurons nestled deep in the brain.

0 Comments
closeup of a mouse eye
News

Gene on chromosome 16 may be valuable player in autism

by  /  29 March 2018

Deleting one copy of a gene called MVP impairs the brain's ability to adapt to changes in the environment.

0 Comments
child writing on a piece of paper with intense focus.
News

Attention deficit disorder, autism share cognitive problems

by  /  22 March 2018

Children with autism may have many of the cognitive difficulties seen in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

0 Comments
Multimedia / Webinars

Roundtable: Debating diagnostic criteria for autism

17 April 2018

Watch the complete replay of our roundtable on the utility of the DSM-5’s diagnostic criteria for autism. 

0 Comments
illustration of mouse on sale in a city
News

‘Outmoded’ mouse models of autism may still yield new advances

by  /  21 March 2018

Many researchers question the value of three early mouse models of autism, but the models have their staunch supporters.

0 Comments
close

Log in to your Spectrum Wiki account

Email Address:

Password:


close

Request your Spectrum Wiki account

Spectrum Wiki is a community of researchers affiliated with an academic or research institutions. To be considered for participation, please fill out this form and a member of our team will respond to your request.

Name:

Email Address:

Title and Lab:

Area of Expertise:

Comments: