brain development

A new study led by investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital examined the brains of individuals who experienced early-life trauma, some with functional neurological disorder (FND) and others without the condition. “Motor and limbic circuits were more strongly interconnected in individuals with FND reporting a greater severity of childhood physical abuse,” said lead author Ibai Diez… Read more

A new role for a gene that’s associated with autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability and language impairment is revealed in a new study led by UCLA. “This discovery really broadens the scope of where we think Foxp1 is important. And this gives us an expanded way of thinking about how its mutation affects patients,” said… Read more

Depression, anxiety, impulsive behavior and poor cognitive performance in children is effected by the amount of sleep they have, report researchers from the University of Warwick. Sleep states are active processes that support reorganization of brain circuitry. This makes sleep especially important for children, whose brains are developing and reorganizing rapidly. “Our findings showed that… Read more

The three proteins Teneurin, Latrophilin and FLRT hold together and bring neighboring neurons into close contact, enabling the formation of synapses and the exchange of information between the cells. In the early phase of brain development, however, the interaction of the same proteins leads to the repulsion of migrating nerve cells, as researchers from the… Read more

Previous research into brain damage caused by the Zika virus shows the virus’s preference for a particular neural cell: the astrocyte. However, few studies have sought to identify the infection effects on these cells, as well as their association with developmental alterations, including brain malformations and microcephaly. Now, new work explores the virus’s consequences on… Read more