Community Newsletter: New biosensor, mental health needs, sex bias of autism research | The spectrum

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The force was with Lab St-Pierre this week. “We finally achieved a dream I had 10 years ago,” the lab tweeted, sharing a link to their new paper on Cell that describes EAT-2Pa genetically encoded strain indicator (GEVI).

The researchers concluded that the protein-based biosensor “addresses a critical need in neuroscience: the noninvasive recording of fast voltage transients for extended durations and in deep cortical layers.”

The vehicle belongs to a GEVI family that have “a bright future,” wrote Michael Lin, an associate professor of neurobiology and bioengineering at Stanford University, in a tweet of the quote.

Katrin Franke, junior research group leader at the University of Tübingen in Germany, congratulated the team on Twitter, adding “glad to have contributed the retinal part to this big project /w @AnnaIntegrated/@mkorympidou. Try it available at Addgene!”

The sensor is “screened and optimized for #Microscope with two photos – perfect for extremely fast AOD imaging,” tweeted Harvard postdoctoral fellow Fabian Voigt.

In a separate tweet, Brittany Hand, assistant professor of health and rehabilitation sciences at Ohio State University in Columbus, shared her new review paper that lists five ways providers can meet autistic people. mental health needs.

“Very necessary and practical suggestions!” tweeted Meng-Chuan Lai, assistant professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Toronto in Canada.

Mental health support is consistently identified as a key need for autistic people,” wrote Patrick Jachyra, assistant professor of sport and exercise science at Durham University in the UK, adding that people with autism do not get the mental health support they need.

On another topic, Steven Kapp, an autistic lecturer in psychology at the University of Portsmouth in the UK, shared a comment of the benefits and harms of interventions to improve mental health outcomes for autistic people published in Autism.

Kapp noted that the review “ends against addressing ‘core features of autism’ to improve mental health, rather than mental health directly.”

“This will be one slow, careful reading coffee in hand,” wrote Sarah Edmunds, assistant professor of psychology at the University of South Carolina, in a tweet. She then added “We need more evidence if our EBTs for neurotypical people with anxiety, depression and trauma work as well (and in the same way) for autistic people with these mental health challenges.”

Finally, Noah Sasson, professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Dallas, shared a study that appeared in Autism Research, whose findings suggest that using the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule to confirm autism diagnoses for enrollment in research studies leads to an underrepresentation of girls participating in those studies. “Relying on community diagnosis rather than confirmatory diagnostic assessments resulted in more equal gender ratios“, he wrote on Twitter.

“ADOS-2 a fix is ​​long overdue be suitable for diagnosis in women,” tweeted Bianca Schuster, a postdoctoral fellow in philosophy at Waseda University in Tokyo.

“More evidence supports the need to rethink nuanced autistic presentations and assess sex-based measurement bias,” wrote Catherine Burrows, assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

That’s it for 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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