Research by Topic: Postmortem Brain Tissue

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Joins Autism BrainNet Tissue Bank

Published May 29, 2014 in Newswise

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has joined Autism BrainNet, a new network of research institutions created to collect, store and distribute postmortem brain tissue resources that will help scientists gain a deeper understanding of the causes, treatment and cure of autism spectrum disorder, which now affects an estimated one in 68 children. Launched by the Simons Foundation and Autism Speaks, Autism BrainNet recently joined with the Autism Science Foundation to unveil the Autism BrainNet registration site, It Takes Brains (

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It Takes Brains: Autism BrainNet registration site launches

Published May 16, 2014 in Medical Xpress

The Simons Foundation, Autism Speaks and the Autism Science Foundation today announced the launch of the Autism BrainNet registration site, It Takes Brains ( Autism BrainNet is a consortium of academic sites funded collaboratively by the Simons Foundation and Autism Speaks to collect, store and distribute brain tissue resources necessary for researchers to understand the underlying neurobiology and genetics of autism.

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

Published May 23, 2013 in Biological Psychiatry

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.

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Shortage Of Brain Tissue Hinders Autism Research

Published February 4, 2013 in NPR

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

Published June 26, 2012 in SFARI Blog

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

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Brain Banks for Autism Face Dearth

Published June 26, 2012 in New York Times

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

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

Published June 11, 2012 in

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

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