Kris Dickson is a freelance science writer and editor. Prior to becoming a freelancer, she was the deputy editor of the journal Neuron. Before becoming an editor, Dickson ran her own independent research at the University of Edinburgh, focusing on local protein synthesis in neurons and on molecular mechanisms of fragile X syndrome. Dickson received her Ph.D. in biochemistry with Marvin Wickens at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and did postdoctoral training in molecular neuroscience with Seth Grant at the University of Edinburgh.
Jun Huh and colleagues found that maternal immune responses to infection may at least partially explain sex-specific differences in autism risk.
A recent study has uncovered new ASD inherited genetic risk variants. Over of the 50 percent of the genetic data used in the study came from SPARK.
Michael Platt and colleagues found that monkeys create complex internal representations of social situations and uncovered neural circuitry supporting social cooperation.