How Autism Brain Bank May Help Find a Cure

 – May 8, 2015  –– 

While science has yet to determine exactly what causes autism, a spectrum of developmental disorders affecting one in 68 children in the United States, some parents are taking a bold step to help researchers better understand the condition. Through a national program called Autism BrainNet, they're donating their children's brains to science after they die. Examining the brain tissue of individuals with autism spectrum disorder will allow researchers "to study the disease in a way that is currently not possible, and with that new information to open up new avenues for potential treatments," Patrick Hof, MD, of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai told CBS News. The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is one of four institutions around the country that will collect and store brain tissue of people with autism.

-Dr. Patrick Hof, Professor, Neuroscience, Ophthalmology, Geriatrics and Palliative Care, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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