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UCLA study reveals how autism-risk gene rewires the brain Many gene variants have been linked to autism, but how do these subtle changes alter the brain, and ultimately behavior? Using a blend of brain imaging and genetic detective work, scientists at U... (3 Nov 10) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Center for Autism Research & Treatment 4 years 3 weeks ago
UCLA study identifies genes linked to post-traumatic stress disorder Why do some people experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) while others who suffered the same ordeal do not? A new UCLA study may shed light on the answer.   UCLA scientists have li... (2 Apr 12) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior 2 years 33 weeks ago
UCLA study finds that searching the Internet increases brain function UCLA scientists have found that for computer-savvy middle-aged and older adults, searching the Internet triggers key centers in the brain that control decision-making and complex reasoning. The findin... (14 Oct 08) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, UCLA Longevity Center 6 years 6 weeks ago
UCLA study finds genetic link between misery and death In ongoing work to identify how genes interact with social environments to impact human health, UCLA researchers have discovered what they describe as a biochemical link between misery and death. In a... (24 Feb 10) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology 4 years 39 weeks ago
UCLA Seeks Patients 8-to-17 with Friedreich's Ataxia (FRDA) for New Drug Study UCLA Researchers are seeking patients 8-to-17 years old who have been diagnosed with Friedreich's Ataxia for a Phase III clinical research trial. The purpose of the trial is to examine the possible th... (7 Feb 08) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior 6 years 41 weeks ago
UCLA scientists uncover potential target for treating common form of early-onset dementia No cure exists for frontotemporal dementia, which strikes between the ages of 40 and 64 and accounts for at least one in four cases of early-onset dementia. Caused by the death of cells in the front a... (21 Sep 11) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences 3 years 9 weeks ago
UCLA scientists identify new genetic link to autism UCLA scientists have used language onset - the age when a child speaks his or her first word - as a tool for identifying a new gene linked to autism. The research team also discovered that the gene is... (10 Jan 08) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior 6 years 45 weeks ago
UCLA scientists identify new gene linked to autism risk Discovery may explain why disorder strikes boys four times more than girls UCLA scientists have discovered a variant of a gene called CACNA1G that may increase children's risk of developing autism, pa... (21 May 09) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Center for Autism Research & Treatment 5 years 27 weeks ago
UCLA scientists hunt down origin of Huntington's disease in the brain The gene mutation that causesHuntington's disease appears in every cell in the body, yet it kills only two types of brain cells. Why? UCLA scientists used a unique approach to switch the gene off... (1 May 14) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior 29 weeks 5 days ago
UCLA scientists find molecular switch to prevent Huntington's disease in mice UCLA scientists have identified a molecular switch that prevents Huntington's disease from developing in mice. Published in the Dec. 24 edition of the journal Neuron, the discovery suggests a new appr... (24 Dec 09) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Center for Neurobehavioral Genetics 4 years 48 weeks ago