Tobias M. Boeckers, an anatomist at the University of Ulm, works on an important aspect of basic neurobiological research - the transmission of signals between nerve cells. Two years ago, his findings suddenly began to be seen in a different light and became important for clinical research.
Boeckers’ research group is part of a European project on synaptic diseases which also involves groups from Montpellier (France) and Italy. It now seems clear that Boeckers’ basic neurobiological research has an unarguable applicable side.
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Durand, Ch, Betancour, C. T. Boeckers et al.: Mutations in the gene encoding the synaptic scaffolding protein SHANK3 are associated with autism spectrum disorders, in: Nature genetics, vol. 39, No. 1, Jan. 2007, p. 25-27.