First International Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Symposium - March 3-4, 2011
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You can read a brief summary of the symposium on the Autism Speaks’ Blog.
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) posted three articles highlighting various aspects of the symposium.
New Mouse Model, MIT
Guoping Feng, Ph.D., a neurobiologist at MIT, along with his colleagues, has published an important paper describing a new SHANK3 knockout mouse. This mouse has neuronal abnormalities and a significant behavioral phenotype, including excessive grooming and social avoidance. A parent-friendly summary of the publication can be found on SFARI’s website.
ASF Fellowship & Shank3
The Autism Science Foundation (ASF), announced the recipients of its post-doctoral fellowships. One of the fellows is Haley Speed, Ph.D., who works in the lab of Craig Powell, M.D., Ph.D., at UT Southwestern. Dr. Powell is one of our scientific advisory committee members. Dr. Haley will be studying how Shank3 deletions affect hippocampal synapses and its impact on learning and memory. Please visit the ASF website to read more about Drs. Speed and Powells’ project.