Diane Lipscombe elected president of Society for Neuroscience

Professor Diane Lipscombe:

Diane Lipscombe, director of the Brown Institute for Brain Science, has been elected the next president of The Society for Neuroscience, the world’s largest organization for the study of the brain and nervous system with nearly 38,000 members from 90 countries.

(Distributed June 12, 2017)

Retinal cells go with the flow to assess own motion through space

Mouse in motion:  As a mouse moves forward, optical flow radiates outward from a single point in front and inward toward a single point in back. When the mouse rotates, optical flow is horizontal all the way around, appearing forward in one eye but backward in the other.

A new study in Nature helps to explain how specialized retinal cells help stabilize vision by perceiving how their owner is moving. The finding is part of a broader discovery, made in the retinas of mice, that may help explain how mammals keep their vision stable and keep their balance as they move, said senior author David Berson, a professor of neuroscience at Brown University and BIBS faculty member.

(Distributed June 8, 2017)

Study of kids with autism identifies hospitalization risk factors

A growing community:  The Rhode Island Consortium for Autism Research and Treatment was a major source of data for a new study that identified risk factors for psychiatric hospitalization among children and teens with autism spectrum disorders.

With the goal of prevention, a new study of children and teens with autism spectrum disorders found five risk factors that are significantly associated with an increased likelihood of seeking inpatient psychiatric care. Notably, only two of the risk factors identified in the study — their severity of autism symptoms and the degree of their “adaptive” daily life functioning — were specific consequences of the disorder.

(Distributed June 5, 2017)
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