Research by Topic: autism brainnet

Podcast: Here’s to understanding why people with autism have anxiety in adolescence

Published April 2, 2018

On this week’s ASF podcast: By looking directly at the brains of people with autism, researchers at UC Davis MIND Institute, led by Dr. Thomas Avino and Dr. Cyndi Schumann, show a disruption of neuron number in the amygdala in autism. The amygdala is important because it is linked to emotion, fear and anxiety in […]

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Neurons increase in social brain region as children become adults – except in autism

Published March 20, 2018

Researchers at Autism BrainNet node UC Davis MIND Institute found that while typically-developing children gain more neurons in a region of the brain that governs social and emotional behavior, the amygdala, as they become adults, people with ASD do not. The open access research published in PNAS studied 52 postmortem human brains, both neurotypical and […]

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Shared molecular neuropathology across major psychiatric disorders parallels polygenic overlap

Published February 9, 2018 in Science, Gandal, Haney, et al

Research led by Daniel Geschwind of the University of California, Los Angeles used postmortem brain tissue, including resources from Autism BrainNet, found similar gene expression patterns in the brains of those with autism, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. All three conditions show an activation of genes in star-shaped brain cells called astrocytes, and suppression of genes […]

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Banking on brains for clues to autism: A Spectrum News Deep Dive

Published November 2, 2017

Banking on brains for clues to autism

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The latest on understanding the brains of people with autism

Published October 23, 2017

In a new blog post, ASF CSO Alycia Halladay explains the newest research in understanding the brains of people with autism.

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The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and UNYTS collaborate to increase brain tissue for autism research

Published September 12, 2017

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) and Unyts, the designated organ procurement organization for the eight counties of western New York State, announced today a new agreement that will help increase and enhance the quantity of postmortem brain tissue available for critical autism research. Unyts, which coordinates all organ, eye, and tissue donation […]

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Brain tissue is used to identify commonalities across neuropsychiatric disorders

Published May 25, 2016

In a recent study published in Nature, Dr. Shannon Ellis looks past the sequence of genes and uses gene expression profiling to understand the similarities between autism, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.  Using brain tissue from people affected with these disorders provided through the Autism BrainNet, she demonstrates a common decrease in gene expression relating to […]

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