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The Promise of Stem-Cell Biology: Treating People at High Risk for Psychiatric Illness Before They Become Patients

A story about the research of Dr. Kristen Brennand, which 20 years ago might have sounded like science fiction: taking skin or blood cells harmlessly sampled from psychiatric patients, reprogramming them to a stem-cell-like state, and then directing them to redevelop in culture dishes as brain cells. This technology is enabling scientists to observe pathology as it emerges in cells that bear patients’ precise genetic sequence. It’s especially valuable in illnesses like schizophrenia and autism that have deep genetic roots which have been linked to abnormalities that may begin at the dawn of life, when the brain is just beginning to form.

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Advice for Parents Concerned About Autism

A Q&A with Ami Klin, Ph.D. of Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Klin received the 2018 Ruane Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Research from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation.

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Inexpressible Gratitude

A mother beams as her son, lives with Asperger's syndrome and schizophrenia, courageously lives his dream to become an inventor

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A Grandmother's Story

This week Sylvia Hughes is traveling to celebrate her grandson's 8th birthday with him. She always visits her grandchildren for their birthdays, even though she and her husband live on the opposite side of the country.

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