Community newsletter: Brain map; communications guide | Spectrum
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Twitter is full of distracting rabbit holes, but these two threads guided us through some compelling details, capturing our attention and the attention of many others.
“Google Maps for the brain!” tweeted Misic from BratislavAssociate Professor and Canada Research Chair of the Network Neuroscience Lab at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, in a thread where he describes his toolkit and that of his colleagues for contextualizing human brain maps called neuromaps.
1⃣ neuromaps is a toolkit for contextualizing maps of the human brain.
It includes a growing repository of brain maps in their native coordinate space, including microstructure, function, electrophysiology, receptors, and more. pic.twitter.com/MC0bVMted7
— Bratislav Misic (@misicbata) October 6, 2022
The neuromaps promise to “allow researchers to systematically share, transform, and compare brain maps,” the team wrote in a paper published on October 6 in Natural methods.
“Neuromaps is a indispensable tool to understand and rigorously annotate your imagery data. It’s hard to imagine how we did without it!!” tweeted Ted Satterthwaiteassociate professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
Discover this magnificent work of @rossdavism @JustineYHansen @misicbata and an amazing team! Neuromaps is an indispensable tool for understanding and rigorously annotating your imaging data. It’s hard to imagine how we could have done without it!! https://t.co/3YzWVDXtzG
— Ted Satterthwaite (@sattertt) October 6, 2022
“It’s such an *incredibly* useful tool for human neuroscience! Integrate structural, genetic, functional, neurotransmitter maps, etc. “, tweeted Brad Voytecassociate professor of cognitive science at the University of California, San Diego.
It’s such an *incredibly* useful tool for human neuroscience! Integration of structural, genetic, functional maps, neurotransmitters, etc. I love this document, this approach and this Python package. It’s fantastic work. https://t.co/GNnTinnZD4
—Brad Voytek (@bradleyvoytek) October 6, 2022
“So great for @rossdavism(!), my lab and all the neuromappers for what turned out to be a very collaborative + fun project“, tweeted Justine Hansen, a graduate student in neuroscience at the Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital in Canada. Hansen also shared a link to a blog post outlining her role in the project, which is, as she says, a handy tool to let her parents know what she’s doing.
Neuromaps is online!
Here is the blog post I wrote, mainly so I can send it to my parents when they ask me what I’m doing: https://t.co/P9KyuqewDT
— Justine Hansen (@JustineYHansen) October 6, 2022
The next thread we dove deep into features a communication guide.
She responded with 10 recommendations to improve communication with autistic people in healthcare settings, the result of a project co-produced with 17 people from the autism community, “including autistic healthcare users, autistic healthcare professionals, researchers, and non-autistic healthcare professionals.”
A group of 17 collaborators – including autistic healthcare users, autistic healthcare professionals, researchers and non-autistic healthcare professionals – created this @ESRC. funded resource. It’s on the NHS Futures platform, but also available here: https://t.co/hSmhpbOBfS
— Dr. Gemma L. Williams ???? (@DjzemaLouiz) October 7, 2022
“This is very relevant to my research on assess dementia in people with autism. Dementia clinicians will see autistic people in their clinics but may not consider this,” tweeted Lynsey Stewartresearch assistant in psychology at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.
“That’s exactly it – people with autism have autism throughout their lives, but many older people missed diagnoses when they were young,” Williams replied.
Ah, that sounds like some really important research. That’s exactly it – people with autism have autism throughout their lives, but many older people missed the diagnosis when they were young. @autismage and I talked about dementia diagnoses eclipsing autism, I think?
— Dr. Gemma L. Williams ???? (@DjzemaLouiz) October 7, 2022
Amid the thanks, Twitter user Healthevents Ltd pointed out: “Communication is a two-way process. Until you understand and respect each other, nothing good can happen.
Thanks. You have conveyed the message that I have been defending for years. Communication is a two-way process. Until you understand and respect each other, nothing good can happen. Health is the most important area. Let’s share away. @OrlaUi #autism#healthcare
— Healthevents Ltd (@healthevents1) October 8, 2022
Holly Radford, a psychology student at the University of Portsmouth in England, called the recommendations excellent, tweeting that they would “benefit many other bands people too.
Excellent recommendations to support communication with #ActuallyAutistic people in care. I imagine that these recommendations would also benefit many other groups of people. Good work @DjzemaLouiz! https://t.co/7h2RXTPCFb
— Holly Radford (@HRadders) October 11, 2022
Echoing the sentiment of many other tweets that we couldn’t embed here, Iris Warchall, a physical therapist in Oakland, Calif., issued an imperative: “If you’re a medical professional, you NEED to read this!”
If you are a healthcare provider, you MUST read this! Guidelines for fostering effective communication with autistic patients: https://t.co/pI6AP1vsQv
— Iris Warchall, PT, DPT (@warchall) October 8, 2022
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That’s it for this week’s Community Newsletter! If you have any suggestions for interesting social posts you’ve seen in autism research, feel free to email [email protected]
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