31 OCTOBER 2017
LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR
An image of induced pluripotent stem cells or iPSCs.
Imagine if you could take a small sample of cells from a person, say some skin or blood cells, and through the wizardry of molecular biology, transform them into stem cells. Stems cells have the capacity of being transformed into any cells in the body, such as heart cells or brain cells. Well, what was science fiction only a decade ago is now science fact. Drs. Shinya Yamanaka and John Gurdon received the Nobel Prize in 2012 for discovering how to "deprogram" skin cells into what are now called Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells or iPSCs.

NEWS
A beautiful young girl with ASD
HOW IS THE BRAIN DIFFERENT IN MALES AND FEMALES WHO ARE DIAGNOSED AUTISM?
The Interactive Autism Network reports on brain tissue findings in females with autism, and explores what could be accounting for the difference in prevalence. 


NEWS
AUTISM BRAINNET PARTNERSHIPS IMPROVE UNDERSTANDING OF ASD
The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS), a node of Autism BrainNet and Unyts, the designated organ procurement organization for the eight counties of western New York State, have signed a new agreement that will help increase and enhance the quantity of postmortem brain tissue available for critical autism research.


SPOTLIGHT ON SCIENTISTS
Daniel Geschwind, MD, PhD
As the director of the Center for Autism Research and Treatment at UCLA and a distinguished professor in neurology, psychiatry and human genetics at the UCLA School of Medicine, Dan Geschwind is well known for his discoveries and contributions to the field of autism. Since he joined the UCLA faculty in 1997, he has dedicated his time to understanding the neurobiology and genetics. Recent research under his direction has also focused on ensuring that autism research includes more diverse participants, particularly those from different racial and ethnic backgrounds.

WEBINARS
JOIN US FOR THE NEXT AUTISM BRAINNET WEBINAR!
On December 7th, 10AM PST and 1PM EST, Dr. Cyndi Schumann from the University of California Davis, will describe how one brain has made a difference in understanding autism by contributing to over 30 research projects. The webinar is free, but registration is required. 

Please click here for more information:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/763355024757268227 
COMMUNITY EVENTS
VISIT US AT THESE UPCOMING AUTISM SPEAKS WALKS!
PAST EVENTS
Sarah Dunand and Merina Varghese discussed Autism BrainNet at the Seaver Autism Conference in September.
For the first time Autism BrainNet participated in the Nantucket Walk for Autism Research. Autism BrainNet clinician Nicole Coman represented Autism BrainNet.
The ladies of Alpha Xi Delta supported Autism BrainNet at the 2017 Princeton Walk for Autism Research.
Nearly 100 walkers registered with Autism BrainNet in NYC at the 2017 New York City Walk for Autism Research in September!