neurodevelopmenal disorders

Cannabidiol (CBD), a cannabis extract, may alleviate seizures and normalize brain rhythms in Angelman syndrome, a rare neurodevelopmental condition, researchers from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine have shown. CBD is commonly used to improve anxiety, sleep problems, pain, and many other neurological conditions. “There is an unmet need for better… Read more

The protein astrotactin-2 (ASTN2) helps move proteins away from the outer membrane of neurons in a timely fashion, Rockefeller scientist Mary E. Hatten and research associate Hourinaz Behesti show in a new study. The researchers also propose a mechanism by which the protein defects lead to neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and intellectual disabilities. Neurons… Read more

Researchers at the University of Geneva (UNIGE) have deciphered a cellular mechanism leading to the desynchronization of neural networks, and corrected this organizational defect in an adult schizophrenia animal model, thereby suppressing abnormal behaviours associated with the condition. The findings show that a therapeutic intervention is possible at all ages. Schizophrenia, an often severe and… Read more

“He is wired differently to you and me, this child of mine. He doesn’t like loud noises, or dark spaces, or strangers touching his head”. These are the first lines from a poem a mother penned about her son 11-year-old son who has Asperger’s syndrome. Sophie Billington goes on to explain how her son Tristan’s… Read more

The developing brain is not merely a downsized version of that of an adult, but is uniquely designed to prepare itself for the external world. It has structures and functions whose sole role is to set up the basic circuits required for life after birth, which then disappear once they have done their duty. We… Read more