Brain Donations To Solve Autism

autism-brain-net-logoA new year is another opportunity to spread kindness everywhere. Even more so nowadays that the world is interconnected, donations can come in all forms. The Autism BrainNet homepage invites for a direct call-for action by stating that “brain study is the key to solving autism, and our mission is to urge families to make the heroic decision to register for brain tissue donation.”

Jill Briesch, the mother of an autistic child, has responded positively and has registered herself as well as her family to the program in order to help advance scientific research.

That is Autism BrainNet’s 2016 top priority: raising awareness on the importance of collecting more postmortem brain donations. Understanding the genetics of autism requires an examination of the mutations found in the brain. To better understand how autism develops, the scientific community at four leading University research departments have bound together to form Autism BrainNet for the purpose of unveiling the origin of the genetic mutation. One of the key components behind the research is exploring the consequence of the combination of both parents’ DNA; and whether it can be explained by other factors that arise after the egg and the sperm formed an embryo.

Outside of our borders, ICare4Autism leads global collaborations among similar international institutions to discover the etiology of autism, search for biologic and environmental causes, and ultimately work toward better methods of detection and treatment.

Over the past three decades, only about 100 brains were donated to autism research. Scientific progress directly depends on the good will of people who want their legacy to be one that helps other people live their lives.

“Because we don’t believe that you get to choose what happens to you in life most of the time, but we believe that you can choose what you do with it,” Briesch said. “And we believe in turning every experience that comes our way into a force for good.”


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