We hope that you, your family, and your friends have been spared by the coronavirus. Of course, many thoughts go through one’s head when you experience something as frightening as this pandemic. It reminds me of how much science still needs to be done in order for us to understand our world and to overcome the many threats that still remain. Read more.
The serotonin system in autism
Serotonin helps to control social behaviors and body functions such as mood, sleep, and appetite. It also plays an important role during brain development. Results from a new study show that changes in serotonin function in autism may be specific to receptor type and brain region.
Study highlights changes in the use of gene copies in autism
Did you know that more than 150 genes have been identified to be implicated in autism? However, very little is known about how these genes contribute to an increased risk for the condition. A new study sheds light on one mechanism that controls gene activity, called 'allele-specific gene expression' so far understudied in autism.
We recently spoke with Monica Nadler, Ph.D., tissue coordinator for Autism BrainNet at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA, to learn more about her role with Autism BrainNet and the importance of advancing autism research.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) has impacted everyone's lives. We hope that you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy. We compiled a list of a few organizations that offer information and resources on prevention and coping tips that we hope you find helpful as you navigate this situation. Learn more.
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