The lack of brain tissue from patients with NDDs is a critical shortcoming for research in America and the rest of the world. Most brain banks are located in regions largely composed of individuals with predominant Western European heritage.
Accordingly, most of the brain tissue housed at brain banks in the US and around the world, including autism cases, come from Caucasian donors. Hispano-America encompasses 20 countries with 630 million inhabitants.
Most Hispano-Americans share a common language and ethnicity with complex genetic admixture arising from divergent population ancestries including Native Americans, Caucasians and Africans.
Therefore, Hispano-America offers a great number of potential donors and a broad representation of these backgrounds. Political, cultural, and economical barriers might have limited international brain-banking collaborations in the past.
CENE benefits from the expertise of already established brain banks for NDDs in California-US (PI: Dr. Martínez-Cerdeño) and neurodegeneration in Mexico (PI: Dr. José Luna), and extended networks of established professionals across nodes.
This makes CENE a very valuable tool to move research on autism to a more pluralistic and inclusive scenario. CENE aids ongoing research on ASD around the world and also promote new research projects in laboratories specialized in
ASD in Hispano-American countries and elsewhere. It also increases awareness in the topic, boosts and diversify the number of brains available for research, and helps educate young scientists in ASD and other NDDs.