Research by Topic: neuron

Neuron numbers increase in the human amygdala from birth to adulthood, but not in autism

Published June 26, 2019 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

Remarkably little is known about the postnatal cellular development of the human amygdala. It plays a central role in mediating emotional behavior and has an unusually protracted development well into adulthood, increasing in size by 40% from youth to adulthood. Variation from this typical neurodevelopmental trajectory could have profound implications on normal emotional development. We […]

https://www.pnas.org/content/115/14/3710.long

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ASF podcast summarizes the NIH workshop on regression

Published February 23, 2016

On Friday, February 19, the NIH organized a workshop on regression in autism.  It included autism researchers as well as neurobiologists studying regression in other disorders, specifically Rett Syndrome.  Rett Syndrome is characterized by a regression in symptoms around 18-30 months of age but is the result of a known genetic mutation.  Because the genetic mutation […]

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