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From funding decisions to scientific fraud, a wide range of societal factors shape autism research.

Pandemic, politics temper INSAR’s in-person return TEST

by  /  3 May 2022
Some autism researchers and clinicians say they are boycotting the upcoming annual meeting of the International Society for Autism Research in Austin, Texas, because of the state’s controversial health policies and lack of COVID-19 mitigation strategies.

Community Newsletter: Journal jobs, FMRP outside fragile X, convergent neuroscience

by  /  1 May 2022
As May kicks off, we round up tweets about new appointments, FMRP and Alzheimer’s disease, disparities in autism diagnoses, and the power of genomics.
Week of AprilApr

Spotted around the web: Antipsychotics’ side effects, neural waves, caregiver trainings

by  /  29 April 2022
Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 25 April.
April 2022
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Ethical gaps in autism genetics: A conversation with Holly Tabor

by  /  29 April 2022

Genetics research has largely failed to generate concrete benefits for autistic people, and its values and goals are due for reassessment, Tabor says.


Spectrum Index: Dip in autism screening, null cancer risk, therapist surge

by  /  28 April 2022

This month’s newsletter looks at a decline in well-child visits during the coronavirus pandemic, the autism-cancer connection and the sizeable fraction of autistic children who live in poverty.


Deep-learning tool tracks interacting animals in real time

by  /  27 April 2022

By coupling the tool — called SLEAP — with optogenetics, researchers can determine the neural circuits underlying social behaviors.

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Journal retracts paper on plant beauty that cited autism study

by  /  25 April 2022

Previous Spectrum reporting called out this paper and several others — all on unrelated subjects — that mysteriously cite autism papers.

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Community Newsletter: Tracking cellular origins, autism acceptance, social-communication gains

by  /  24 April 2022

This week’s newsletter looks at new paper alerts about neocortical development, double empathy and predicting ‘super responders,’ plus queries for the science Twitterverse.

Week of AprilApr

Spotted around the web: Fragile X epigenetics, brain imaging issues, prenatal tests warning

by  /  22 April 2022

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 18 April.


Access to Medicaid waivers varies with race, age, region

by  /  22 April 2022

Black and Hispanic people with autism in North Carolina are 15 and 37 percent less likely, respectively, to receive a Medicaid waiver than their white counterparts are.


Researchers, advocates rush to aid autistic Ukrainians

by  /  20 April 2022

Among the millions displaced by the war in Ukraine are children and adults with autism. Many autism professionals are doing what they can to help.


Community Newsletter: Human pluripotent stem cells, a prediction algorithm challenge, autistic perspectives

by  /  17 April 2022

Twitter toasts two new papers on reprogramming stem cells and searching for autism biomarkers in the brain, as well as incorporating autistic voices to set research and health-care agendas.

Week of AprilApr

Spotted around the web: Autism screening, hidden variables, Rett therapy

by  /  15 April 2022

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 11 April.