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Beth Stevens discusses brain immunity and wiring

20 November 2013
The Presenter

Beth Stevens

Assistant Professor, Children's Hospital Boston & Harvard Medical School

On 20 November, Beth Stevens discussed new work on the role of brain immune cells called microglia in the regulation ofsynapses — the junctions between neurons — and, ultimately, in autism. Stevens is assistant professor of neurology at Children’s Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School.

You can watch a complete replay of the webinar above.

Use the comments section below to submit questions we didn’t have time to discuss during the Q&A; session, or to pose follow-up questions for Stevens.


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  • Sarah

    Excellent. Outstanding research by Beth Stevens in her team. I truly believe micro glial dysfunction is at the core of autism. As a parent of a child with revressive autism, I look forward to hearing more about the link between autism and microglial dysfunction and potential environmental influences in the future. thank you for making this webinar available.

  • Luis

    Thank you very much for showing us this Microglia research outcome presented by Beth Stevens. Considering the current state of the art and now this presentation I believe that this is the thesis that best describe the root of several mental illness including autism. I would like to mention that I’ve had found the research of a father that has arrived at the same conclusions. He has developed a trial using a special compounded dosage of ibuprofen as basis to control the Microglia activity. I would like to share with you the outcome of their research here:

    I would like know if your research has considered something like this also.
    Thanks for all,


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