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World Autism Awareness Day is April 2

Mon, 2015-03-30 09:58

Autism is a developmental disorder characterized by impaired social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behavior. Parents generally detect it in the child's first years.

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Fragile X study offers hope of new autism treatment

Drug reverses behavioural symptoms in mice with a version of autism
Thu, 2014-11-27 13:46

People affected by a common inherited form of autism could be helped by a drug that is being tested as a treatment for cancer, according to researchers from the University of Edinburgh and McGill University.

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Contact: Cynthia Lee
Organization: McGill University
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Office Phone: 514-398-6754

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Contact: Jen Middleton
Organization: University of Edinburgh
Office Phone: +44 131 650 6514
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Autism spectrum disorders share common molecular causes

Overlapping features across different genetic disorders related to autism may lead to similar therapeutic approaches
Thu, 2014-10-09 14:03

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Contact: Cynthia Lee
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Office Phone: 514.398.6754
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Timing is everything: scientists control rapid re-wiring of brain circuits using patterned visual stimulation

Tue, 2014-05-27 10:39

In a new study, published in this week’s issue of the journal Science, researchers show for the first time how the brain re-wires and fine-tunes its connections differently depending on the relative timing of sensory stimuli. In most neuroscience textbooks today, there is a widely held model that explains how nerve circuits might refine their connectivity based on patterned firing of brain cells, but it has not previously been directly observed in real time.

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Contact: Anita Kar
Organization: The Neuro
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McGill experts: Autism Awareness Month

Thu, 2014-03-27 12:15

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Contact: Raphael Larocque-Cyr
Organization: McGill University
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Office Phone: 514-398-6693
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Dr. David Nicholas' lecture and roundtable discussion on parenting and ASD

Thu, 2013-02-14 15:45
Montreal Neurological Institute : de Grandpré Communications Centre, 3801 rue University Montreal Quebec Canada , H3A 2B4

We are honoured to host Dr. David Nicholas from the University of Calgary who is Canada's leading expert on issues of transitions to adulthood in autism. Dr. Nicholas will give a talk followed by a round table discussion.  

Tensions in Parenting a Young Person with ASD: Examining Mothers' Experiences

Date: Thursday February 14

Time: 3:45 pm- 5:00 pm

Location: de Grandpré Communications Centre, Montreal Neurological Institute, 3801 rue University  Montreal, QC H3A 2B4

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Contact: Dr. Maada Elsabbagh, Ph.D.
Organization: Assistant Professor
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Source Site: /psychiatry

MUHC Psychiatry Grand Rounds/RI-MUHC Mental Illness and Addiction Axis--The Emergence and Identification of Autism in Infancy

Fri, 2013-01-25 11:00 - 12:30
Allan Memorial Inst. Hospital : South Seminar Room P1.082, 1025 avenue des Pins Montreal Quebec Canada , H3A 1A1

Special Guest Speaker

MUHC Psychiatry Grand Rounds RI-MUHC Mental Illness and Addiction Axis
Mayada Elsabbagh, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at McGill University
The Emergence and Identification of Autism in Infancy

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Contact: Katie Boodhoo, B.Sc.
Organization: McGill University Health Centre
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Office Phone: 514 934-1934 (ext 42389)
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New hope for understanding autism spectrum disorders

Researchers at McGill University and the University of Montreal uncover a crucial link between protein synthesis and autism spectrum disorders
Wed, 2012-11-21 13:00

Researchers from McGill University and the University of Montreal have identified a crucial link between protein synthesis and autism spectrum disorders (ASD), which can bolster new therapeutic avenues. Regulation of protein synthesis, also termed mRNA translation, is the process by which cells manufacture proteins. This mechanism is involved in all aspects of cell and organism function. A new study in mice has found that abnormally high synthesis of a group of neuronal proteins called neuroligins results in symptoms similar to those diagnosed in ASD. The study also reveals that autism-like behaviors can be rectified in adult mice with compounds inhibiting protein synthesis, or with gene-therapy targeting neuroligins. Their results are published in the journal Nature.

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Contact: Cynthia Lee
Organization: Media Relations, McGill University
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Office Phone: 514-398-6754

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Contact: William Raillant-Clark
Organization: Media Relations, Université de Montréal
Office Phone: 514-343-7593
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