Tag: striatum

SFARI spring 2018 science meeting discussed latest developments in autism research

SFARI held its thirteenth science meeting April 8–12, 2018. SFARI investigators, collaborators and foundation staff came together to discuss recent findings in autism genetics, molecular and system-level mechanisms, and clinical studies. In addition to keynote and session presentations, two panels convened investigators to discuss the current state of autism genetics research and the biology of SCN2A, a high-confidence autism risk gene.

Biased spatiotemporal dynamics of striatal circuits impact behavior in autism

The molecular and circuit underpinnings of repetitive behavior dysfunction — a core symptom of ASD — have remained elusive, but it is assumed that they rely on the same basal ganglia circuits that underlie repetitive behavior control and habit formation. The current project aims to investigate, with unprecedented spatial and temporal resolution, the circuit alterations in the striatum that lead to alterations in spontaneous and learned behavioral sequences in ASD.

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