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SFARI News - February 2010

SFARI News - February 2010

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The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative's newsletter for the SFARI.org website.
The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative's newsletter for the SFARI.org website.

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Published by: The Simons Foundation on Mar 02, 2010
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Feb. 17, 2010 No. 3 From the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative
Director's column: Fever's promising puzzleCori Bargmann joins SFARI scientific advisory boardWorkshop report: Sequencing the SSCNew SFARI website makes commenting easier Variants in trust hormone receptor up the risk for autismSimons investigator profile: Guoping Feng
Director's column: Fever's promising puzzle
In his latest column, SFARI director Gerald Fischbach discusses the conceptthat fever can improve cognitive function and behavior in individuals withautism. A prospective survey conducted by Andrew Zimmerman and his groupat the Kennedy Krieger Institute documented decreases in hyperactivity,irritability and stereotypy, as well as improved speech in 30 probands withfevers above 100.4 F. A preliminary survey of families enrolled in the SimonsSimplex Collection indicates that as many as 25 percent of parents reportsimilar improvements when their children are febrile. Fischbach reviews the complex literature thatlinks the hypothalamus, the locus ceruleus and the 'social brain' to explore the hypothesis regardingfever's beneficial effects.Read More »
Cori Bargmann joins SFARI scientific advisory board
The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) is pleased toannounce that Cori Bargmann, Torsten N. Wiesel Professor at RockefellerUniversity, has joined its scientific advisory board. Dr. Bargmann's researchfocuses on how the environment, experience and the biology of the braininteract to shape an animal's behavior. She is particularly interested in how genes influence neural pathways and behavior.Read More »
 Workshop report: Sequencing the SSC

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