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Chemical regulates light processing differently in the autistic and non-autistic eye, new study finds

King’s College London researchers have shown that the brain chemical GABA regulates activity in the retina of the eye in autistic and non-autistic individuals differently. Autistic people have larger responses to single light flashes in the retina of the eye and this new study shows that increasing GABA activity can reduce this response.

By NIHR Maudsley BRC at 3 Apr 2024

Patterns of brain connectivity differ between pre-term and term babies

A new King’s College London scanning study of 390 babies has shown distinct patterns between term and preterm babies in the dynamic (moment-to-moment) connectivity of brain networks. Supported by Wellcome and the National institute of Health and Care Research (NIHR) Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre, this is the first study to analyse how the communication between brain areas changes moment-to-moment in the first few weeks of life.

By NIHR Maudsley BRC at 8 Feb 2024

Children with ADHD frequently use healthcare service before diagnosis, study finds

Children and young people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) use healthcare services twice as often in the two years before their diagnosis, a study by researchers at the University of Nottingham and King’s College London has found.


By NIHR Maudsley BRC at 31 Oct 2023

£14m provided for research into the brain development of children who were "in the womb" during the COVID-19 pandemic

Researchers at King’s College London and NIHR Maudsley BRC have been given £14m to conduct a six-year research programme into the effects COVID-19 on children.


By NIHR Maudsley BRC at 26 Oct 2023

Children and Families Policy Research Unit awarded £5.5m by NIHR

The Children and Families Policy Research Unit (CPRU) has been awarded funding worth an estimated £5.5M by the National Institute of Health and Care Research (NIHR), to continue its operations for the next five years, starting from January 2024. Dr Johnny Downs, an NIHR Clinician Scientist at the IoPPN, King’s College London, has been named a co-investigator of the CPRU.

By NIHR Maudsley BRC at 4 Aug 2023