Tag: Autism

  • Science & Tech

    Cellular atlas guides new understanding of brain

    New technology gives voice to pathologic changes in neurodegenerative illnesses like Alzheimer’s and epilepsy.

    generic image of brain scan.
  • Science & Tech

    Human brain seems impossible to map. What if we started with mice?

    Harvard-led project seeks to create the first comprehensive diagram of every neural connection.

    Microscopic image of brain with color-coded cells.
  • Science & Tech

    A tour of the brain’s life span, complete with upside-down vision

    A new book illustrates how one cell develops into the complex operational centers that not only make us human, but also individuals.

    Multipolar neurons network
  • Health

    Study explores possible autism link in young adults treated for addiction

    One in five youths with substance-use disorders may have undiagnosed autistic traits, say researchers.

    Young adult sitting alone in dark room.
  • Science & Tech

    CAPTURE-ing movement in freely behaving animals

    Harvard researchers develop a new motion-tracking system that delivers an unprecedented look at how animals move and behave naturally.

    An artist’s interpretation of CAPTURE.
  • Science & Tech

    The neurons that hold our hidden thoughts

    For the first time, neuroscientists were able to observe how individual neurons paint a rich and detailed representation of others’ beliefs, including whether they were true or not.

    Conceptual illustration of neuron cells.
  • Science & Tech

    New hope for sensory calm

    Harvard professors David Ginty and Lauren Orefice describe how their innovations present a novel approach to treating tactile hypersensitivity in patients with autism-spectrum disorders.

    Little girl getting haircut.
  • Health

    Harvard to launch center for autism research

    Created with $20 million gift, the Hock E. Tan and K. Lisa Yang Center for Autism Research at Harvard Medical School will aim to unravel the basic biology of autism and related disorders.

  • Campus & Community

    $9 million donation earmarked for cannabis research

    Alumnus gives $9 million in largest donation to date to support independent research on the science of cannabinoids at Harvard and MIT. “Our desire is to fill the research void that currently exists in the science of cannabis,” said donor Charles R. “Bob” Broderick.

  • Science & Tech

    More than a courier

    Now research suggests that a nerve cells’ axons may be making decisions on their own, challenging the dogma that the nucleus and cell body are the control centers of the neuron.

    neurone string
  • Health

    Rewinding the brain

    Professor of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology Paola Arlotta is seeking to develop a new tool to understanding brain function and dysfunction: self-generating brain organoids.

    Paola Arlotta.
  • Health

    A brain link to autism

    Using a visual test that is known to prompt different reactions in autistic and normal brains, Harvard researchers have shown that those differences were associated with a breakdown in the signaling pathway used by one of the brain’s chief inhibitory neurotransmitters.

  • Health

    Sick with measles, again

    Dyann Wirth, chair of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, discusses what’s behind the resurgence of measles in the United States.

  • Health

    Help for halting autism symptoms

    A new study shows that boosting inhibitory neurotransmission early in brain development can help reverse deficits in inhibitory circuit maturation that are associated with autism.

  • Health

    Researchers shed new light on schizophrenia

    Harvard-affiliated researchers joined an international team to identify more than 100 locations in the human genome associated with the risk of developing schizophrenia in what is the largest genomic study published on any psychiatric disorder to date.

  • Arts & Culture

    Family ties with a Disney twist

    Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Harvard fellow Ron Suskind talks about connecting with his autistic son through Disney films.

  • Nation & World

    Autism as a facet of experience, not a limit

    Temple Grandin, a professor of animal science at Colorado State, brought her experience as an advocate for autistics to a talk at the Ed School.

  • Health

    Toxic chemicals linked to brain disorders in children

    Toxic chemicals may be triggering recent increases in neurodevelopmental disabilities among children — such as autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and dyslexia — according to a new study. The researchers say a new global prevention strategy to control the use of these substances is urgently needed.

  • Campus & Community

    Researchers awarded NARSAD grants

    The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation announced $11.9 million in new research grants, strengthening its investment in the most promising ideas to lead to breakthroughs in understanding and treating mental illness, including 19 grants to Harvard researchers.

  • Health

    Detecting autism in matter of minutes

    Researchers at Harvard Medical School have significantly reduced from hours to minutes the time it takes to accurately detect autism in young children.

  • Health

    Rebuilding the brain’s circuitry

    Harvard scientists have rebuilt genetically diseased circuitry in a section of the mouse hypothalamus, an area controlling obesity and energy balance, demonstrating that complex and intricately wired circuitry of the brain long considered incapable of cellular repair can be rewired with the right type of neuronal “replacement parts.”

  • Science & Tech

    Neurons in youth

    A group of researchers is working to map how the brain is wired in an effort to pinpoint the causes of — and potential treatments for — schizophrenia, autism, and a host of other disorders.

  • Campus & Community

    HMS fellowship open for applicants

    Harvard Medical School and the Nancy Lurie Marks Foundation are accepting applications for the Nancy Lurie Marks Junior Faculty Merit Scholarship.

  • Campus & Community

    Leon Eisenberg

    Leon Eisenberg was a professor of psychiatry and chief of the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital.

  • Health

    Beyond DNA

    On a day when Harvard celebrated the accomplishments of the Human Genome Project, the Radcliffe Institute hosted a scientist whose work focuses not just on DNA, but on the mechanisms that control its expression.

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    Major step in autism testing

    Researchers at Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital and the University of Utah have developed the best biologically based test for autism to date. The test was able to detect the disorder in individuals with high-functioning autism with 94 percent accuracy.

  • Campus & Community

    Call for applications for postdoctoral fellowship in autism

    Harvard Medical School and the Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation are accepting applications for the Nancy Lurie Marks Postdoctoral Fellowship in Autism. Two fellowships will be awarded, effective January 2011.

  • Campus & Community

    Panel finds no digestion problem specific to autism

    An advisory panel says there is no rigorous evidence that digestive problems are more common in children with autism compared with other children or that special diets work, contrary to claims by celebrities and vaccine opponents…

  • Campus & Community

    Autism’s genetic roots examined in new government-funded study

    Researchers at Harvard University and Children’s Hospital Boston will sequence the genomes of at least 85 people diagnosed with autism in a bid to tease out the genetic basis for some cases of the neuropsychiatric disorder.

  • Health

    How brain cells make good connections

    Harvard neuroscientist Venkatesh N. Murthy has a sunny second-floor office on Divinity Avenue, where he is a professor in Harvard’s Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. In one corner is a set of weights and a soccer ball — both untouched in over a year, he said, because of an intensely busy schedule.