Another year is nearly over. Autism BrainNet continues to expand its activities of collecting critical brain tissue to fuel essential research about autism spectrum disorder. I want to thank the 31 families that made donations to Autism BrainNet in 2018. They have made a precious gift to individuals and families all over the world who are affected by autism. Read the rest of the message and find out what we will be working on in 2019.
The immune system in autism:
What does microglia have to do with it?
Donna Werling, PhD
credit: Gerry Shaw,
from Wikimedia Commons
A certain type of cell in the brain, called microglia, was thought to just provide structural support to those that communicated with each other. New technologies and approaches are now showing those cells do much more, and may be one of the reasons why more boys are diagnosed with autism compared to girls.
Meet our clinical staff: A conversation with Carolyn Hare and Nicole Coman
by Lilliam Acosta-Sanchez
I recently had a conversation with Carolyn Hare, Clinical Director for Autism BrainNet, and Nicole Coman, Clinician for Autism BrainNet, to learn about their role with Autism BrainNet and how they support our donor families.