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It Takes Brains: Autism BrainNet Registration Site Launches

Simons Foundation, Autism Speaks & Autism Science Foundation Collaboration Will Increase Critically-Needed Brain Tissue for Autism Research

Simons Foundation, Autism Speaks & Autism Science Foundation collaboration will increase critically-needed brain tissue for research

May 15, 2014

ATLANTA, GA (May 16, 2014) — The Simons Foundation, Autism Speaks and the Autism Science Foundation today announced the launch of the Autism BrainNet registration site, It Takes Brains (www.takesbrains.org).  Autism BrainNet is a consorti

Autism and Prenatal Development

Autism Speaks neuroscientist Dan Smith answers questions about this week’s breakthrough report in the New England Journal of Medicine
March 28, 2014

Our recent news report “Direct Evidence that Autism Starts During Prenatal Development” continues to spark tremendous interest and discussion on both the story’s webpage and the Autism Speaks

Direct Evidence that Autism Starts During Prenatal Development

Researchers find common pattern of disruption to prenatal brain development; propose that early intervention may help brain compensate
March 26, 2014

Update: Read our related Q&A with Autism Speaks neuroscientist Dan Smith here.

 

 

 

Autism Study Advances Understanding of Gene-Environment Interactions

New study uses brain tissue to deepen understanding of the roles that genetics and environment play in autism spectrum disorder
September 06, 2013

A new study using human brain tissue from the Autism Tissue Program (ATP), an Autism Speaks translational research program, identifies new genes of interest in understanding the genetic and environmental interaction in ASD. Appearing in the recent issue of Molecular Psychiatry, the study conducted by six researchers from Johns Hopkins, analyzed tissue from multiple areas of the brain known to be affected by autism.

Autism Speaks and Simons Foundation Create New Brain Tissue Network

Autism BrainNet will acquire, prepare and distribute the precious gift of brain tissue to advance autism research
May 02, 2013

Autism Speaks and the Simons Foundation are establishing and funding a new network to advance autism research through the precious gift of postmortem brain donation. They announced the creation of the Autism BrainNet today at the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR).

See-Through Brain Tissue Promises to Advance Autism Research

April 15, 2013

Donation to Autism Speaks Autism Tissue Program involved in visually stunning advancement in brain research

 

 

In a dramatic breakthrough, researchers have developed a method for rendering brain tissue transparent. They then used fluorescent chemicals to highlight three-dimensional networks of brain cells and fibers to study their connections.

Autism Speaks Grant Review Process

The first stage of providing fair and expert review for grant applications submitted to Autism Speaks consists of scientific peer review by a group of highly esteemed basic and clinical scientists that form our Advisory Boards. Additional expertise may be provided by ad-hoc reviewers in order to ensure that the scientific coverage is thorough.