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Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 31, Issue 6, pp 521-527

First online:

Current Investigations in Autism Brain Tissue Research

  • Jane PickettAffiliated withAutism Tissue Program

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Abstract

Brain tissue research has developed into a high-tech, multifaceted approach to understanding neurological disorders. Directed toward autism spectrum disorders, this investigative approach combines with other disciplines, such as imaging and genetics, to help explain the range and intensity of behaviors that characterize these disorders. This report is intended as an update on current autism brain research efforts and has a dual purpose: first, to disseminate information to the scientific community in the hope of stimulating more thinking about autism research and future collaborations; and second, to let the autism community know what is happening with this precious resource that was donated in the hope of determining the cause of autism and finding effective treatments.

Autism brain research brain tissue neuropathology neurohistology magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)