Neuropathology of autism project
This study has obtained post mortem brain tissue samples from the Autism Tissue Program and the Maryland Brain Bank in the US, to test for differences in protein expression levels in key brain regions. We are particularly interested in expression of the androgen and estrogen receptors, in the brain of people with autism compared to typical controls. This study is a collaboration with Dr Jason Carroll's group at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute. Families who are considering making a donation of the brain of a relative with an autism spectrum condition who is still alive, or who has just died and the brain is still available for post-mortem, should contact the Autistica Autism Brain Bank which is based in Oxford. Any brains donated to the ARC are subsequently archived in the Autistica Autism Brain Bank in order to support the national effort.