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Why study autism, schizophrenia and epilepsy together?

Oscar Marin. Image credit: David Tett

Oscar Marín. Image credit: David Tett

Last month we launched our new MRC Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders at King’s College London. The centre will be taking a wide-angle look at three very different, but linked, disorders: autism, schizophrenia and epilepsy. We spoke to its Director, Professor Oscar Marín, to find out more.

What do these disorders have in common?

Autism spectrum disorders, schizophrenia and many forms of epilepsy are neurodevelopmental disorders. In other words, they all happen when the brain develops in a non-typical way. Changes in brain development, even when subtle, have long-term consequences on brain function. Read more