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Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network and Autism BrainNet

ATN families are registering to advance autism research with the greatest gift – future donation of post-mortem brain tissue

In its spring bulletin, the staff of Autism BrainNet expressed its thanks to the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN) for helping the tissue bank spread the world about the pressing need for postmortem brain tissue to advance understanding of autism’s causes and potential treatments. Autism BrainNet is a joint initiative of Autism Speaks and the Simons Foundation for Autism Research.

ATN staff at 12 sites across the United States share Autism BrainNet registration materials with the families of children and teens who visit the centers for comprehensive treatment of autism and its associated medical conditions. The ATN Family Advisory Committee has been particularly active in distributing Autism BrainNet materials and explaining the importance of postmortem tissue donation.

“Autism BrainNet is thankful that the ATN is partnering with us in explaining the need for postmortem brain tissue for research,” the Autism BrainNet staff writes. “Thank you to the ATN for everything you do for families with autism!”

Learn more about registering for postmortem brain tissue donation here.

The Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network is a collaboration of 14 autism specialty medical centers across the United States and Canada – united in the goal of providing comprehensive medical and behavioral care for children and teens who have autism.

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To read and subscribe to the Autism BrainNet Bulletin, click here.


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