Study IDs important role for specific gene in 16p11.2 deletion autism

Source: [Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, David Orenstein | March 20, 2018] In a new study of one of the most common genetic causes of autism, neuroscientists at MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory have identified a specific molecular mechanism that appears to undermine the ability of neurons […]

Seeking materials that match the brain

Polina Anikeeva explores ways to make neural probes that are compatible with delicate biological tissues. Source: [MIT News Office, David L. Chandler | February 18, 2018] Polina Anikeeva was born in Leningrad, USSR, but grew up in St. Petersburg, Russia; the city’s name reverted to its original form after the […]

Polina Anikeeva and Feng Zhang awarded 2018 Vilcek Prize

Prize recognizes contributions to biomedical research made by immigrant scientists. Source: [McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Julie Pryor | February 1, 2018] Polina Anikeeva, the Class of 1942 Associate Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and associate director of the Research Laboratory of Electronics, and Feng Zhang, the […]

Drug in trials for one autism-linked condition may worsen another

Source: [Spectrum, Hannah Furfaro | January 26, 2018] The drug rapamycin, which is in clinical trials for tuberous sclerosis (TSC), exacerbates features of fragile X syndrome, another condition related to autism, a new study suggests1. Rapamycin increases anxiety, shortens sleep and worsens social skills in a mouse model of fragile X syndrome, the […]

Simons Fellow Ritchie Chen on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list for 2018

MIT brainpower highlighted in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 lists for 2018 Forbes calls this year’s 30 Under 30 lists an “encyclopedia of creative disruption.” Source: [Jay London | MIT Alumni Association | November 21, 2017] Forbes calls its 2018 30 Under 30 lists an “encyclopedia of creative disruption featuring 600 young stars in 20 different […]