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Dr Sue Fletcher-Watson (Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences), along with colleagues at the University of Oslo, has recently published an article in Psychiatry Research dissecting portrayals of autism on film and TV. They found that representations of autism on screen align unrealistically-perfectly with the diagnostic criteria, making portrayals of autism archetypal, but not representative. This may be contributing to narrow stereotypes about autism, which in turn is expected to impact on the day to day experiences of people on the autism spectrum.
Dr Michael Thrippleton and members of the HARNESS Initiative, led by Professor Joanna Wardlaw (both Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences), have recently published an in-depth review and position statement on MRI measurement of subtle blood-brain barrier leakage in clinical research studies.
Using data from an existing bank of brain scans held in the USA, researchers have found that chimpanzee brains may be more different from those of humans than was previously thought.
Dr Barry McColl (Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh) and colleagues have found that following a stroke patients have reduced levels of protective antibodies in their blood.
New research led by Professor Catherina Becker (Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences) has provided fresh insights into how zebrafish repair their damaged nerve connections which could aid the development of therapies for people with spinal cord injuries.
Research carried out by Dr Simon Cox and colleagues at the Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognit
Scientists led by Dr Tilo Kunath (MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine) have taken a key step towards improving an emerging class of treatments for Parkinson’s disease. The advance could improve a next generation of therapies for the condition, which affects around one in 350 people in the UK.
Dr Christos Gkogkas and colleagues (Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences, and Patrick Wild Centre) have published a study that may shed light on why a certain category of antidepressant drugs stop working in some people.
Professor Jean Manson (Roslin Institute and Centre for Dementia Prevention, University of Edinbur
Joshua Dacre, postdoctoral researcher in the Centre for Integrative Physiology, was recently awarded joint first prize for his poster presentation in the graduate student category at the BNA2017 Festival of Neuroscience in Birmingham - congratulations Joshua!