Autism study seeks brain tissue donations - New York News

Autism BrainNet

Autism study seeks brain tissue donations

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

The numbers are staggering: 1 in 68 kids are now diagnosed with autism. But researchers at Mount Sinai Hospital are hoping to unlock the mystery behind the disorder.

A lab called Autism BrainNet is collecting brains for study. The belief is that brain tissue study is the key to solving autism.

Christine Matthews is a mother of three boys. Her youngest, 14-year-old Casey, has autism. Recently, the family doctor approached the Matthews family about donating Casey's brain to new research project if something unexpected were to happen. She said she had no hesitation about donating her child's brain to potentially help thousands of children.

Allison Singer and the Autism Science Foundation are helping coordinate the effort. Mount Sinai in Manhattan and three other research centers around the country will serve as regional collection points.

Unlike with Alzheimer's disease, where literally thousands of brains have been studied, during the last three decades only 100 autism brains have been studied. Four to five brains are donated for research every year.

The Autism BrainNet study is looking to triple that number with the hope of answering some of the most basic questions about the disorder.

Dr. Patrick Hof, a neuroscientist, will lead the team at Mount Sinai. He said that dissecting the structure of a brain can help unlock some autism features like repetitive behaviors and difficulties in social settings.

Organ donation of this nature is obviously an important and difficult decision for families. For more information about the program go to: http://www.takesbrains.org

  • Manhattan NewsManhattan NewsMore>>

  • Friday Night Live: July 25, 2014

    Friday Night Live: July 25, 2014

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:31 PM EDT2014-07-26 02:31:59 GMT
    This is Fox 5's Friday Night Live, a weekly celebration of the end of the work week. All summer long, the Fox 5 team brings you the latest in entertainment, nightlife, food, and music in our area. In this jam-packed episode: QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, Stephen "Twitch" Boss, actress Mary Lynn Rajskub, and Michael Chernow and Chef Daniel Holzman of the Meatball Shop.
    This is Fox 5's Friday Night Live, a weekly celebration of the end of the work week. All summer long, the Fox 5 team brings you the latest in entertainment, nightlife, food, and music in our area. In this jam-packed episode: QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, Stephen "Twitch" Boss, actress Mary Lynn Rajskub, and Michael Chernow and Chef Daniel Holzman of the Meatball Shop.
  • The Big Idea

    Making New York City more energy efficient

    Making New York City more energy efficient

    Friday, July 25 2014 8:45 PM EDT2014-07-26 00:45:49 GMT
    More than half the population of New York City rides public transportation to work. No other metropolis in this country even approaches that percentage or the MTA's total number of riders. For that reason, New York likely ranks as the most energy-efficient city in the nation. But what would it take to make the city even more energy-efficient or even self-sufficient?
    More than half the population of New York City rides public transportation to work. No other metropolis in this country even approaches that percentage or the MTA's total number of riders. For that reason, New York likely ranks as the most energy-efficient city in the nation. But what would it take to make the city even more energy-efficient or even self-sufficient?
  • Camping without leaving NYC (or even Manhattan)

    Camping without leaving NYC (or even Manhattan)

    Friday, July 25 2014 5:15 PM EDT2014-07-25 21:15:28 GMT
    If you thought camping meant leaving New York City, fuggedaboutit. Inwood Hill Park in Upper Manhattan and several other parks in the five boroughs are waiting for you and your family. New York City's family camping program, run by the Parks Department, is in full swing. No cars needed; your MetroCard will get you there.
    If you thought camping meant leaving New York City, fuggedaboutit. Inwood Hill Park in Upper Manhattan and several other parks in the five boroughs are waiting for you and your family. New York City's family camping program, run by the Parks Department, is in full swing. No cars needed; your MetroCard will get you there.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices