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Autism in a dish

Saturday 16 March: 12:15pm - 1:15pm

Physiology Lecture Theatre, Physiological Laboratory Downing Site, CB2 3EG

Autism affects over 1% of people in the UK and is characterized by lifelong difficulties with social interaction and communication. Many genetic causes of autism have been identified. Yet little is known how these genetic changes alter brain function. A number of the genes identified in autism alter the way individual brain cells form connections during infancy. Research into how brain cells for networks in early life may reveal underlying mechanisms in autism. To study how brain cells form networks in the lab, we grow brain cells with the same genetic changes found in some causes of autism and related disorders in a dish.

Dr Susanna Mierau explores cutting-edge scientific techniques used for studying brain development in a dish and how this may be used to develop new therapies for autism and related disorders.

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Age: 11+, Talk, Arrive on time, Free