Postmortem Brain Tissue

Compared to What? Early Brain Overgrowth in Autism and the Perils of Population Norms

Source: 
Biological Psychiatry
Date Published: 
May 23, 2013
Abstract: 

A new report questions the evidence for atypical early brain growth in ASD, suggesting reports of abnormal head circumference (HC) growth may be due to a systematic bias in common HC norms rather than dysregulated early brain growth in ASD. The authors encourage future studies to use comparison data from typically developing and clinical control samples and several growth norms in parallel to avoid bias.

SFARI Guest blog by ASF President Alison Singer: The Case for Brain Donation

Source: 
SFARI Blog
Date Published: 
June 26, 2012
Abstract: 

ASF President Alison Singer shares the importance of brain tissue donation on the SFARI blog.

Brain Banks for Autism Face Dearth

Source: 
New York Times
Date Published: 
June 26, 2012
Abstract: 

ASF President Alison Singer and Scientific Advisory Board member Dr. Eric London discuss the importance of post-mortem brain tissue for advancing autism research.

Freezer Failure at Brain Bank Severely Damaged One-Third of Largest Collection of Autism Brain Samples

Source: 
http://articles.boston.com/2012-06-11/news/32177708_1_brain-bank-autism-research-freezer
Date Published: 
June 11, 2012
Abstract: 

A freezer malfunction at Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital has severely damaged one-third of the world’s largest collection of autism brain samples, potentially setting back research on the disorder by years, scientists say.