Scientists find a new way to reverse symptoms of Fragile X

Drug compound, tested in mice, could be effective in treating the leading heritable cause of intellectual disability and autism.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
May 20, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: research medicine autism brain-and-cognitive-sciences picower-institute broad-institute school-of-science

The neural basis of sensory hypersensitivity

A new study may explain why people with autism are often highly sensitive to light and noise.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
March 2, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: research autism brain-and-cognitive-sciences mcgovern-institute neuroscience school-of-science national-institutes-of-health-nih

Study may explain how infections reduce autism symptoms

An immune molecule sometimes produced during infection can influence the social behavior of mice.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 18, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: research brain-and-cognitive-sciences picower-institute school-of-science autism national-science-foundation-nsf

Drug combination reverses hypersensitivity to noise

Findings in mice suggest targeting certain brain circuits could offer new ways to treat some neurological disorders.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 21, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: research autism brain-and-cognitive-sciences mcgovern-institute school-of-science neuroscience national-institutes-of-health-nih

Neuroscientists identify brain region linked to altered social interactions in autism model

In a mouse model, restoring activity of a specific forebrain region reverses social traits associated with autism.

Sabbi Lall | McGovern Institute for Brain Research • mit
July 26, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: mcgovern-institute broad-institute brain-and-cognitive-sciences school-of-science autism genetics research neuroscience

Using gene editing, neuroscientists develop a new model for autism

By introducing a gene variant associated with autism into monkeys, researchers hope to study treatment options for severe neurodevelopmental disorders.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
June 12, 2019 ~9 min

Tags: research autism crispr genome-editing brain-and-cognitive-sciences neuroscience mcgovern-institute broad-institute school-of-science school-of-engineering china

How we tune out distractions

Neuroscientists trace a brain circuit that filters unwanted sensory input.

Anne Trafton • mit
June 12, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: research brain-and-cognitive-sciences autism school-of-science national-institutes-of-health-nih neuroscience

Neuroscientists reverse some behavioral symptoms of Williams Syndrome

Mouse study yields insights into the rare condition, may shed light on other neurological disorders.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
April 22, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: research brain-and-cognitive-sciences behavior mcgovern-institute school-of-science neuroscience autism

Personalized “deep learning” equips robots for autism therapy | MIT News

Machine learning network offers personalized estimates of children’s behavior.

Becky Ham | MIT Media Lab • mit
June 27, 2018 ~9 min

Tags:  research  media-lab  robotics  autism  school-of-architecture-and-planning  learning  robots  behavior  artificial-intelligence  machine-learning

Researchers identify important role for gene in 16p11.2 deletion autism | MIT News

Study finds that major vault protein is needed for homeostatic plasticity.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory • mit
March 21, 2018 ~6 min

Tags:  school-of-science  picower-institute-for-learning-and-memory  brain-and-cognitive-sciences  neuroscience  autism  genetics

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