Wednesday, 17 July 2024

Autism Awareness Day

A special lecture was organized as part of the Azad Ki Amrit Mahotsav (AKAM) celebrations on May 9, 2022. The title of the lecture is "Small molecules that restore GABAergic function as a potential therapeutics to treat Autism Spectrum Disorder" by Prof. James P Clement, Associate Professor Neuroscience Unit, JNCASR. He explained the neuronal activity; These neuronal activity-dependent modifications are necessary for learning and memory and various behavioral responses, particularly during development. Heterozygous mutations in SYNGAP1 are one of the primary causes of Intellectual Disability (ID) and Autism Spectrum disorder (ASD). He explained how the heterozygous mutation leads to aberrant neuronal development and function that causes various symptoms observed in the patients.