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January 2021
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Community newsletter: Autism acceptance training and autistic driver research

by  /  24 January 2021

Twitter had a lot to say about a study suggesting that autistic drivers have similar or even slightly lower rates of vehicle crashes.

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Community newsletter: All about SfN Global Connectome

by  /  19 January 2021

We dove into what people on social media thought about the SfN Global Connectome 2021 conference — and its virtual format.

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The promise of scientific partnerships with people on the spectrum

by  /  14 January 2021

Five collaborations involving autistic scientists and experts are advancing autism research, from lending support for theories of the condition to shoring up trials of new treatments.

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Community newsletter: Subjective perception, plus autism’s double empathy problem

by  /  10 January 2021

An fMRI scan can reconstruct a picture from a person’s brain activity, but that image changes depending on a person’s attention.

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December 2020
Lab scene during COVID 19 pandemic.

Inside the reporter’s notebook: Dispatches from 2020

by  /  23 December 2020

Spectrum‘s staff couldn’t report on the ground this year — with no lab visits, sit-down interviews or in-person conferences to attend — but we observed a lot of changes from our computer screens.

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portrait of Dr. Waganesh Zeleke.

Beyond the Bench: A conversation with Waganesh Zeleke

by  /  22 December 2020

Waganesh Zeleke studies how cultural views can shape autistic people’s lives, as well as the lives of those around them.

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Global map of 17,800 human proteins.

Proteome map identifies more than 90 percent of all human proteins

by  /  9 December 2020

Researchers expand on the already enormous progress made on the Human Proteome Project

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Two children are interacting with a toy in the shape of a brain.

How redefining autism could improve research on the condition

by  /  8 December 2020

Ami Klin wants researchers, clinicians and policymakers to think of autism as something inborn that only predisposes a child to certain traits. Early intervention can change the course of development.

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Portrait of of Kim Kaiser, Director of programming at Color of Autism.

How autism researchers can better reach Black families

by  /  1 December 2020

Kim Kaiser spoke with Spectrum about the nonprofit organization The Color of Autism, why researchers fail to reach Black families and what’s needed to fix that disparity.

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November 2020
Young boy looking upset, sits on couch with crossed arms.

Errors of omission: Why we are deeply concerned about research on autism therapies

Studies of autism treatments rarely report adverse events, and the scientists involved often fail to disclose their conflicts of interest.

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