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The September vernal equinox, when the Earth’s tilt caused day and night to be roughly equal across the globe, occurred last week. As the Earth continues to spin, these Twitter threads have been about two influential studies, while people from all over the world have shared ideas and photos from World Congress of Psychogenetics (WCPG).

This introductory version containsSerious consequences to the field of neuroscience Camille TestardD., a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and one of the researchers on the study.

Brain activity that corresponds to a specific cognitive process does not necessarily indicate a true connection, according to brain activity study, which showed a statistically significant association between monkeys’ performance on cognitive tests and areas of the brain known not to be involved in this particular process. This finding “indicates that unnecessary cognitive cues are pervasive in the primate cerebral cortex during task performance, challenging one of the basic assumptions of cognitive physiology.”

The neurotic Twitter community responded with too many to share everything, but here are some of the highlights.

“Really cool worrying results! ” chirp Scott Tyler, a computational biologist at Mount Sinai Health System in New York City. “Is your interpretation that these areas that are not required for the task of interest, are required for secondary tasks that are not observed (or even observed?) which are correlated actions?” Asked.

Testard replied that this was one possible explanation among many, saying “our view is that we should be aware of this phenomenon and future work should look for the cause.”

“My colleagues Tweet embed And the Tweet embed Put the saw on the basis Systems Neurosciencetweet Konrad CordingProfessor of Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania.

Some had a more conservative reaction to the newspaper. “I think neuroscientists understand that Correlation is not causal The neuromodulation of tasks does not mean that those neurons are functionally required. . . ” chirp Ella Pattya computational neuroscientist at Harvard University.

Do you think the paper represents a potential revolution in neuroscience? Let us know in the comments.

else “Possible game changePosted by John LukinsD., a neuroimmunologist at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, this week brought to our attention this treatment for neurodegenerative disease.

The temper nature The study showed a way to inhibit a pathway called mTOR only in brain tissue, reducing the chances of side effects in non-brain tissue. This is known Cancer pathway hyperactive in many forms of Autism and related conditions.

“like this great strategytweet Stephen SchockenPostdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard University’s Gygi Laboratory.

Next, we’ll take a virtual tour via the WCPG tweet, which took place September 13-17 in Florence, Italy. WCPG is an international scientific meeting for research in psychiatric genetics and related fields, featuring participation from experts in genetics, neuroscience, and psychiatry from around the world.

Jacob GroveThe assistant professor of biomedicine at Aarhus University in Denmark presented updated results from a genome-wide association study to identify regions in the genome that contain autism risk factors, according to this tweet from Tinka Bolderman, Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at UMC Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Grove’s new work identifies 12 regions of the genome that contain autism-specific variants, an increase over the five autism-specific regions he and his colleagues have. mentioned in 2019.

Great results Presented by Tweet embed From the updated PGC autism programme, positive direction and progress but still a long way to go” Jack Underwooda clinical research fellow at Cardiff University in Wales.

The following is a topic from Veera Rajagopal, a scientist at biotech company Regeneron Pharmaceuticals in Tarrytown, New York, who notes a theme in some of the papers presented: “Using knowledge of biological pathways to obtain Better insights in genetic associations. “

Kristen Brenanda professor of psychiatry and genetics at Yale University, described the thread as a thoughtful thread that “gathers together a number of conversations that hint at convergence in Psychogenetics. “

Next stop on our virtual tour: some pictures from the poster hall.

“Come and see Tweet embeda job. . . on me Dozens of genes in autism and their relationship to mental health phenotypes,” tweeted Kimberly Kendall, a psychosis and genetics researcher at Cardiff University.

“If you are interested in Polygenic degree of autism And how does that relate to autism diagnosis and traits, comorbid mental health, and general psychopathology, come see my poster today,” Melanie de Wita graduate student in developmental psychology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Away from searching, mingling at a reception is important for meetings, as well Sarah MarziThe professor at Imperial College London, UK, said: “#WCPG2022 has chosen a suitable venue. Network reception. “

Finally, it’s time to say REACH, often with a goodbye tweet, like this one from Jacob Forstmann, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto in Canada, who wrote, “What a blessing to be able to reconnect a lot of colleagues in person again.”

That’s it in this week’s community newsletter! If you have any suggestions for interesting social posts you’ve seen in the field of autism research, feel free to send an email to [email protected].

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