Autism

Researchers connect molecular function to high blood pressure, diseases

By Beth Miller March 1, 2017 Jianmin Cui’s lab investigated mechanisms of the an important ion channel called the BK channel, which is associated with high blood pressure, autism and movement disorders. By changing one small portion of a stimulus that influences part of one molecule’s function, engineers and researchers at Washington University in St. Louis

Unraveling autism

A multifaceted approach aims to detect, treat and even reverse the disorder. BY REBECCA BOYLE, January 3, 2017 Washington University in St. Louis - Like many patients visiting a doctor’s office, Kim Sebenoler started out her appointment by heading to the nearest restroom to give a urine sample. But her visit to the lab of

Discovery of a ‘Neuronal Big Bang’

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 11:07am University of Geneva This is an expression of all the genes of a neuron during the first hours after its birth. Each circle represents a development stage (6h, 12h, 24h), and the colored points within each circle represent the level of gene expression. (Credit: Jabaudon Lab/ UNIGE)Our brain is home to different

Loss of support cells in brain may inhibit neuronal development

October 6, 2015 By Jim Dryden Washington University School of Medicine researchers Courtney Sobieski (left) and Steven Mennerick, PhD, found, in culture, that without cells called astrocytes, neurons send signals to one another more slowly. That slowdown could interfere with neuronal development and contribute to conditions linked to communication between neurons. Shedding light on possible

As CIRM opens world’s largest stem cell bank, scientists ready their research

Sep 1, 2015 A $32 million public-private bank — where California researchers collect stem cells and scientists from around the world can make withdrawals — officially opened Tuesday with the aim of accelerating the use of engineered stem cells to tackle a wide range of diseases. The bank, funded by the California Institute for Regenerative

Receptors in brain linked to schizophrenia, autism

Mice lacking a set of receptors in one type of neuron in the brain developed compulsive, anti-social behaviors, Salk scientists found August 11, 2015 LA JOLLA–The loss of a critical receptor in a special class of inhibitory neurons in the brain may be responsible for neurodevelopmental disorders including autism and schizophrenia, according to new research

Disrupted REM Sleep Can Rewire Young Brains

7/22/15 Cynthia Fox, Science Writer Kittens with eye patches deprived of non-REM (rapid eye movement) sleep do not end up with impaired connections in a visual center of the brain. But kittens deprived of REM sleep do. This is according to a new Science Advances studythat “adds important new data to our understanding of how

NIH joins public-private partnership to fund research on autism biomarkers

Biomarkers Consortium project to improve tools for measuring and treating social impairment in children with autism July 20, 2015 Government, non-profit and other private partners will fund a multi-year project to develop and improve clinical research tools for studying autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The project will receive a total of $28 million over the next

State Funding Gives Providers Access to Telehealth Training for Chronic Diseases

July 02, 2015 - Stephanie Baehman - COLUMBIA, Mo. — Health care providers across the state are now being trained to provide residents in their communities with more specialized treatment for diabetes care, hepatitis C, childhood asthma, dermatology, chronic pain management and autism. Karen Edison, MD The Missouri Telehealth Network has received $1.5 million in