Cynthia Schumann

Cynthia Mills Schumann

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at University of California , Davis

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Location:
One Shields Avenue, Davis, California, United States
HQ Phone:
(530) 752-1011

General Information

Experience

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry  - UC Davis

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences  - MIND Institute

Education

Department of Neurosciences , University of California , San Diego

Ph.D.  - UC Davis MIND Institute

Ph.D.  - University of California at Davis

Ph.D.  - Neuroscience , University of California , Davis

doctoral degree  - Neuroscience , University of California , Davis

Affiliations

Founder  - Brain Endowment for Autism Research Sciences

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Cindy Schumann, University of California Davis MIND Institute

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The findings may shed light on the mechanisms behind broader changes in brain size and connectivity seen in imaging studies, says Cynthia Schumann, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of California, Davis, and lead researcher on both studies.
"It's really leading to this idea that we have somehow an excess [of cells and connections] in autism brains, and we are finding it everywhere we look," she says. It remains to be seen whether the apparent drop in the numbers of amygdala neurons in adults with autism stems from neuronal death or a stalling of this maturation process, Schumann says. The researchers plan to investigate whether the brains that show an excess of neurons in the amygdala are the same as those with too many dendritic spines, says Schumann. She and her team also aim to determine whether the findings apply primarily to particular neuron types, such as those that excite brain activity or those that inhibit it.

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C.M. Schumann*; D.G. Amaral Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute, Sacramento, CA, USA

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