Minds for Minds is a non-profit organisation that is
to make sense of the world I live in is very hard
and throughout my whole life it never seems to get any
to learn more about Autism Spectrum Disorder
The limited understanding of how minds affected by autism work, means parents and families can find it very hard to provide support for those affected.
The Minds for Minds research network has set out to find the causes of autism in order to help with diagnosis and contribute to the development of treatment options. Although just recently launched, the network already encompasses a wide range of research activities and is set to expand further. Minds for Minds aims to be to a place for all those working on autism in New Zealand to meet, share ideas, resources and build effective collaborations.
One of the formation projects of the network is a genetic study into DNA variations that may cause autism. This study goes hand in hand with the investigation of the effects of gut microbial communities and how variation in these communities might contribute to autism. The insights gained from this work will inform us of how the wiring in the brain differs in autism.
This research is part of and contributes to, the international scientific research effort into autism spectrum disorder.
For neurologist, Dr Rosamund Hill, it is more than a field of research - her own son, Claude, is profoundly autistic. Rosamund invites us into Claude's world as she explains the motivation behind Minds for Minds.Watch here
in New Zealand. A team of the country's top scientific
minds are currently facilitating scientific research
funded by public
spaces are like a foreign planet to
me because I see and hear everything so differently to
other people and no one seems to understand that
donations that will increase understanding and better-
targeted treatment options for those affected. But to
Our focus is to identify the causes of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. We believe that a better understanding will improve treatment options. We will apply the latest, most effective scientific approaches - including the sequencing of entire genomes of individuals, sequencing gut microbial communities and functional testing of neurons. All donations, small or large, will directly fund scientific research carried out by our New Zealand-based research team.
the more research we do the better understanding we
will have. We are currently recruiting volunteers to take
part in research studies, so if you are interested in being
trapped in my mind with no way of communicating what I
am thinking makes me feel like an alien stuck in someone
else's body but I'm not
involved, register yourself or
You can currently register to be part of a project that is looking for genetic variations that cause autism. Ideally we are looking for participants that are willing to contribute DNA (saliva or blood) and if possible stool and/or urine samples.Register now
The Minds for Minds newsletter is a research-focussed publication that is currently distributed bi-annually by email. It contains information about autism research being done in New Zealand and overseas as well as updates from our wider Minds for Minds team.
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we can unlock autism together.