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Study Provides New Clues to Oxytocin-Autism Connection

Oxytocin appears to partner with another vital brain chemical – serotonin – to make social contact rewarding
September 13, 2013

Stanford University researchers have shown that the so-called “love” hormone oxytocin is involved in a broader range of social interactions than previously thought.

Their new report in the journal Nature urges researchers to use the findings to open new doors in the search for autism treatments.

Breakthroughs in Neuroscience

On CBS News, we saw Grayson’s face light up when he heard for the first time; what do such breakthroughs mean for our community?
June 21, 2013


We think you’ll enjoy this video of a little boy hearing for the first time after doctors switch on his neural implants. Such advances in neuroscience have reach far beyond sight and hearing and include new insights into neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism.

Dan Smith to Lead Discovery Neuroscience

May 22, 2012

Autism Speaks is pleased to announce the hiring of Daniel G. Smith, Ph.D., to the newly created position of senior director of discovery neuroscience. Smith will report to Autism Speaks Vice President of Translational Research Rob Ring, Ph.D. He will be based primarily in the Boston area, a growing hub for academic-industry research collaboration.