Exciting news from the Eisenstat Lab! They study the Dlx gene family in both the eye and brain, and their recent paper in the Journal of Neuroscience shows how Dlx1 and Dlx2 turn on production of the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA. Loss of Dlx1/2 impairs brain maturation, an important finding with implications for autism, epilepsy, and behavioural issues

See highlight on Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry website:

https://www.ualberta.ca/medicine/news/2017/october/uncovering-origins-of-developmental-brain-disorders-could-eventually-help-treat-seizures

Link to the original paper:

http://www.jneurosci.org/content/37/36/8816

Highlight in Science:

http://science.sciencemag.org/content/357/6356/1109.1