Brains Needed for Autism Scientists

by chanelle hasel on May 5, 2013 - 10:33pm

A group of scientists are looking for more brain samples for research to help find ways the improve and hopefully one day treat Autism, according to an article posted in the Montreal Gazette on May 2nd, 2013 by Lindsey Tanner.

The ATP (Autism Tissue Program) is a science program that is committed to supporting scientists around the world to help better the understanding of autism, autism related disorders and the human brain. Their recent goal has been to continue to expand their promotions of brain banking and brain tissue research globally, to give support to families and make people aware of the importance of brain tissue donation. At the moment, the network has four sites situated in New York, Davic, Dallas and Boston.

Unfortunalety, a freezer malfunction damaged several brain specimens which is why Neuroscientist Robert Ring of the advocacy group Autism Speaks in encouraging and trying to promote people to sign up to be donors after their death. The brain specimens people will donate do not only have to be from people who suffered from Autism, but without are also needed.

The more they receive from people, the higher chance they have at finding a cure or even bettering the developmental disorder. Thus, as a person who has volunteered for several years at autism runs, I believe that helping out is any way possible is important. Signing up for this does not require any pain, nor does it cost anything! For more information on how to sign up, visit the official website:


Tanner, Lindsey. "Montreal Gazette." N.p., 02 May 2013. Web. 05 May 2013.