A novel link between brain myelination and autism spectrum disorder

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Neuroscience and Mental Health

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Myelination is essential for function and survival of neurons. Loss of brain myelin occurs in ageing and in common age-related neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, while growing evidence links myelin excess with autism spectrum disorder (ASD; affecting some 1 in 160 people worldwide). The project aims to establish the mechanisms of action for a novel regulator of myelin producing oligodendrocyte cells, proposed to form a link with ASD.

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Professor Andrew Ward

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