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The Brain

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

February 2019
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Four sets of mice call popular autism theory into question

by  /  25 February 2019

An analysis of four mouse models negates certain assumptions underlying the signaling imbalance theory of autism.

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New electrode array records brain activity in rats for months

by  /  22 February 2019

A flexible electrode array can record the firing of hundreds of rat neurons for months on end.

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3D models of the human brain
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Changes in brain anatomy may reflect autism traits

by  /  21 February 2019

Some traits of autism are associated with obvious differences in brain structure, and the scope of these alterations may depend on the person’s sex.

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Brain’s prefrontal cortex conducts symphony of social players

by  /  20 February 2019

A brain region that orchestrates responses to social cues and aids decision-making may be off tempo in autism.

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Mouse models pinpoint effects of top autism gene

by  /  18 February 2019

Two independent sets of mice missing a copy of SETD5, a top autism gene, link the gene to the condition’s traits.

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Stabilizing head mold leads to sharper brain images

by  /  15 February 2019

A customizable Styrofoam mold minimizes head movements during brain scans, enabling researchers to produce clearer images.

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‘Editing’ of RNA may play sizeable role in autism

by  /  14 February 2019

People with autism may show scant activity in a poorly understood molecular process thought to regulate gene expression.

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January 2019
Three views of the human brain show connectivity
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Sensory, motor connections may be disrupted in autism brains

by  /  31 January 2019

Links between sensory and motor brain networks may be unusually weak in individuals with autism.

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Multimedia / Webinars

Webinar: Christine Wu Nordahl reveals new autism brain-imaging strategies

30 January 2019

Watch the complete replay of Christine Wu Nordahl discussing new ways to expand participation in autism brain-imaging studies.

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Rat model of autism shows unusual brain growth at birth

by  /  30 January 2019

The brains of rats exposed in utero to the seizure drug valproate show a significant increase in brain size around the time of birth.

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