I’m Dr. Alysson Muotri. I can take your stem cells and turn them it into a miniature version of your brain. I use them to help people with neurological disorders like autism and to explore what make us unique. AMA.
Hi Reddit! From May 30-June 2nd, I'll be working on Mainly Mozart's "Mozart and the Mind" series in San Diego which seeks to highlight the genius on every brain. I'm speaking about the differences we observed in autistic brains and how this information can help these individuals to have a better quality of life.
I'm a neuroscientist and professor at UC San Diego School of Medicine, heading the Moutri Lab. We develop protocols to turn stem cells intro brain organoids. These “mini-brains” can be derived from people like you and me, so we can have our own brain avatar in the lab. We use them to understand why the human brain is so unique and to help people suffering from neurological conditions, like autism.
Tickets and info are available here: https://mainlymozart.org/mozart-the-mind-2019-calendar-events/
Further details are available here: https://mainlymozart.org/mozart-the-mind-presents/ Excited to get started!
EDIT: Had such a blast answering all of your questions! I have to run for now, but will do my best to pop back in and answer more today and tomorrow. If you're in San Diego, please check Mozart and the Mind out! If you'd like to stay in touch, you can follow me on Facebook here -> https://www.facebook.com/muotri/