Autism Tissue Program Accelerates Autism Research

Brain Regions

Brain Regions

From ASA News
The Autism Tissue Program (ATP) was created to provide a centralized source of post mortem brain tissue so that scientists worldwide could study brain regions for changes that could account for autism behaviors. Due to the wonderful support we have received from donor families, precious tissue has been distributed to 87 researcher groups, contributing to a better understanding brain function in autism. Over 60 papers have been published by scientists who have accessed this resource from those with autism, donors related to someone with autism and those who are unaffected but understand the need for ‘control’ donor brain tissue. Teri Baker, whose child Ragan died of a seizure at age 18, encourages donation saying that “knowledge is the key that will grant us the opportunity to gain prowess over our condition.”

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