Autism Study Seeks Brain Tissue Donations
The numbers are staggering: 1 in 68 kids are now diagnosed with autism. But researchers at The Mount Sinai Hospital are hoping to unlock the mystery behind the disorder. A lab called Autism BrainNet is collecting brains for study, and Patrick Hof, Vice-Chair of the Fishberg Department of Neuroscience, Friedman Brain Institute, and Seaver Autism Center, and Professor of Neuroscience, Ophthalmology, and Geriatrics and Palliative Care at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, will lead a team at Mount Sinai that will contribute to the lab’s work. He said that dissecting the structure of a brain can help unlock some autism features like repetitive behaviors and difficulties in social settings.
-Dr. Patrick Hof, Vice-Chair, Fishberg Department of Neuroscience, Friedman Brain Institute, Seaver Autism Center, Professor, Neuroscience, Ophthalmology, Geriatrics and Palliative Care, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai