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Cerebellum alterations crop up in mice missing autism gene
Spectrum News
January 12, 2021

The cerebellum is best known for its role in motor coordination, but scientists increasingly understand it to be involved in a range of other processes including language, cognition and social behaviors. People with a mutated copy of CNTNAP2 often have intellectual disabilitysensory issues and autism...

The UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country is coordinating a European research consortium on autistic disorders

UPV/EHU Newsletter

November 19, 2018

ERA-NET NEURON, the European network devoted to conducting research into neurosciences, has provided funding amounting to 800,000 euros for a project to study autism; the project is being led by the researcher Olga Peñagarikano of the UPV/EHU’s Faculty of Medicine. The programme, which is being coordinated from the UPV/EHU, is being run in conjunction with another three research groups in France, Belgium and Germany to conduct research into the neurobiological causes of autism.

Building Bridges through Science

UPV/EHU Newsletter

January 07, 2018

Over a hundred researchers (122), with various Nobel prize winners among them, from 82 research centres spread across 22 countries, have put their names to ‘The Science Bridge’, a statement to promote collaboration between the different cultures of the Middle East and West. The article has been published by the scientific journal Neuron. Researchers from the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country figure among those who have signed. So far it has received the support of over 200 science people from across the world, 29 of whom are Nobel prize winners.

Talking about Autism...

NEUROSCIENCES INSTITUTE, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB)

June 01, 2017

"We ditched the old idea of studying autism as a single disorder"

Helping the Brains of the Future


July 31, 2016

Sixty investigators have been awarded 40,000 euros as part of a program [BBVA Foundation Grants to Researchers and Cultural Creators] that helps them consolidate their career as Independent Investigators.

New options for treating autism

UPV/EHU Newsletter

November 17, 2015

A UPV/EHU researcher, who has had a long trajectory in the study of autism and the relationship between oxytocin and this condition, has participated in a piece of research that has served to demonstrate that the release of oxytocin leads to an increase in the production of anandamide, which causes mice to display a preference for interacting socially. This new mechanism by which oxytocin could be involved in social behaviour has been published recently in the prestigious scientific journal PNAS.

Mouse study bolsters case for oxytocin in autism


February 01, 2015

Oxytocin has been tenuously tied to trust, monogamy and a slew of other social behaviors. It has also long been eyed as a treatment for autism, but trials in people with the disorder have yielded conflicting results. A new study, published 21 January in Science Translational Medicine, bolsters the case for the so-called ‘trust hormone’ as an autism therapy, finding that it eases social deficits in a mouse model of the disorder.

Oxytocin boosts social skills in mice with autism-like symptoms


January 21, 2015

The hormone oxytocin can stimulate mice with autism-like symptoms to be more social, according to a new study. The research on young mice suggests a potentially critical window during early development when oxytocin can produce long-lasting benefits. The findings are published in the 21 January issue of Science Translational Medicine.

Top 10 Autism Research Achievements of 2011


December 18, 2011

This September, scientists at University of California, Los Angeles debuted a new mouse that may represent a more useful animal model for studying autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and testing potential treatments. The mouse shows more behavioral and biological similarities to people with ASD than do most previous mouse models. It also responds to a drug (risperidone) already approved for treating some symptoms of ASD. This suggests that the mice may be particularly suited for testing promising new medicines aimed at relieving autism’s most disabling symptoms.

Mice that mirror autism


October 31, 2011

Understanding the pathophysiology of autism, and ultimately the development of treatments for impairments associated with the condition, is greatly dependent on reliable animal models. As described in a paper published in Cell, mice lacking contactin-associated protein-like 2 (Cntnap2) recapitulate the three core symptoms of autism...




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