A genetic timetable of the brain’s ageing process

September 19th, 2017

Professor Seth Grant and colleagues have published a study in eLIFE suggesting the existence of a genetic programme that controls the way our brain changes throughout life. The programme controls how and when brain genes are expressed at different times in a person’s life to perform a range of functions. The timing is so precise that the researchers can tell the age of a person by looking at the genes that are expressed in a sample of brain tissue. Scientists …

Fragile X Syndrome: Educate to Empower Workshops

September 12th, 2017

A series of joint workshops run by the Fragile X Society in collaboration with the Patrick Wild Centre The Patrick Wild Centre and the Fragile X Society have collaborated to produce a new resource pack for families newly diagnosed with fragile X syndrome.  To launch the pack they are conducting a series of workshops around Scotland targeted at relevant health professionals.  They aim to raise awareness of fragile X syndrome and the importance of accurate and timely diagnosis. You can …

Contrasting mechanisms underlie similar looking social differences in the autism and schizophrenia spectrums

September 12th, 2017

It is well known that people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) process social information differently from typically developing individuals.  Interestingly, people with certain other conditions, including schizophrenia spectrum disorders, also show differences in their social processing.  However, it is not known whether these differences actually arise from the same underlying mechanism, i.e. whether they are the same between the conditions, or whether they just look the same.   We therefore set out to examine brain activity during social judgements in …