Autism Scientists In Search Of More Brain Samples

CHICAGO (May 2, 2013)--Autism scientists are seeking more brain samples for research and they announced Thursday that a new network is now collecting brain specimens around the country.

They say the more they get, the better the chances of finding better ways to treat the developmental disorder.

So far the network has sites at Mount Sinai medical school in New York, the University of California in Davis, the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, and McLean Hospital near Boston.

A freezer malfunction damaged many of that Harvard-affiliated hospital's specimens. Neuroscientist Robert Ring of the advocacy group Autism Speaks says the network was planned before that.

Ring says the network has signed up more than 6,000 to be donors after death.

Brains from people with autism and without are needed.

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