The immune system and its contribution to schizophrenia risk was featured in many talks, suggesting it has moved beyond its fringe status of research attention. Researchers explored several mechanisms, including infection itself, the body’s reaction to it, and infection experienced by a pregnant mother that passes risk to her offspring.
Read this meeting report at Schizophrenia Research Forum.
In the hunt for environmental influences on schizophrenia risk, epidemiologists are homing in on drug use, migration, trauma, and the immune system.
Read this roundup article at Schizophrenia Research Forum.
Women with certain antibodies in their blood may be at an increased risk for having children with autism. Mistakenly targeting fetal brain tissue, these “autoantibodies” may disrupt prenatal brain development.
Read this article on the Web site of Autism Speaks.