neurodevelopmental diseases

150 proteins affecting cell activity and brain development have been identified by researchers at University of Southern California, which contribute to mental disorders, including schizophrenia, bipolar condition and depression. It is the first time that these molecules, which are associated with the disrupted-in-schizophrenia 1 (DISC1) protein linked to mental disorders, have been identified. The scientists… Read more

What Is Dyspraxia?

Most of us learn to tie our shoelaces, eat with cutlery and use a pencil with relative ease. But for children with dyspraxia (also known as developmental coordination disorder or DCD), these tasks are incredibly difficult to master. Dyspraxia is a neurodevelopmental disorder, meaning it affects brain function and unfolds as the person grows. It… Read more

Disrupted fetal immune system development, like that caused by viral infection in the mother, may be a key factor in the later appearance of certain neurodevelopmental disorders, according to a study from the Weizmann Institute. The finding may explain how a mother’s infection with the cytomegalovirus (CMV) during pregnancy, which affects her own and her… Read more

Researchers have figured out how a developmental disease called microcephaly produces a much smaller brain than normal. Some cells are simply too slow as they proceed through the neuron production process. The findings provide not only a new mechanistic explanation for microcephaly, but they could also aid understanding of autism or other neurodevelopmental disorders that… Read more