Human Brain as Time Machine (NYMag, Apr 30, 2017) | Neuroscience of singling (UpLift, Apr 18, 2017) | The Neuroscience of Seeing an Ex (Discover Magazine, Mar 19, 2017) | The neuroscience of humor (Medical News Today, Mar 05, 2017) | Your brain on politics (UVA Today, Mar 05, 2017) | How to keep your brain young (INC, Mar 05, 2017) | Take two pills... (Psychiatric Times, Jan 20, 2017) | Promise and Perils of Pot (ScienceNews, Jan 16, 2017) | Witnessing fear can change your brain (ScienceDaily, Jan 12, 2017) | The Athletic Brain (the set pieces, Nov 13, 2016) | Tide of Dementia (Nature, Nov 13, 2016) | Gene linked to Autism/Sociability (Science News, Sep 29, 2016) | Beer decreases shyness! (BBC, Sep 29, 2016) | Can we see taste? (NPR, Sep 29, 2016) | Sleep deprivation hits hard (Science News, Aug 15, 2016) | The neuroscience of “cool” (Quartz, Aug 01, 2016) | Neuroscience of bullying (Medical News Today, Jul 11, 2016) | Can Neuroscience Change Our Minds? (Times Higher Education, Jul 11, 2016)

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Plans for the 56th Annual Meeting in Palm Springs, California are well underway. Honorific Award nominations are being accepted and proposals for Panels, Mini-Panels and Study Groups are nearing the deadline for completion. Please note, all submission deadlines are 5:00 PM Central time. 

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ACNP 2017 President's Letter- Dr. Anissa Abi-Dargham   

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Minority Task Force Report on Initiatives  

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Article- Scientists seek early signs of autism

Soon after systems biologist Juergen Hahn published a paper describing a way to predict whether a child has autism from a blood sample, the notes from parents began arriving. “I have a bunch of parents writing me now who want to test their kids,” says Hahn, of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. “I can’t do that.”

That’s because despite their promise, his group’s results, reported March 16 in PLOS Computational Biology, are preliminary — nowhere close to a debut in a clinical setting. The test will need to be confirmed and repeated in different children before it can be used to help diagnose autism. Still, the work of Hahn and colleagues, along with other recent papers, illustrates how the hunt for a concrete biological signature of autism, a biomarker, is gaining speed.

Currently, pediatricians, child psychologists and therapists rely on behavioral observations and questionnaires, measures with limitations. Barring genetic tests for a handful of rare mutations, there are no blood draws, brain scans or other biological tests that can reveal whether a child has — or will get — autism.

Objective tests would be incredibly useful, helping provide an early diagnosis that could lead to therapy in the first year of life, when the brain is the most malleable. A reliable biomarker might also help distinguish various types of autism, divisions that could reveal who would benefit from certain therapies. And some biomarkers may reveal a deeper understanding of how the brain normally develops. - Read More (Source - Science News, Images -H.C. HAZLETT ET AL/NATURE 2017)



*All submission deadlines are 5:00 PM Central time.

5/23/2017-Deadline for submission of individual presenter abstracts (Panels & Mini-Panels).

5/23/2017-Deadline for submission of disclosures by Study Group participants. 

5/26/2017-Deadline for chairs to review and finalize proposed sessions (Panels, Mini-Panels, & Study Groups).

6/28/2017-Deadline to submit Honorific Awards.

8/10/2017-Deadline to submit Poster Abstracts 



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