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Michael Fergenson

Engagement Editor

Michael Fergensen is Spectrum’s engagement editor, responsible for bringing its award-winning content into the conversation on social media, producing webinars, and other efforts to engage with autism researchers and clinicians. Previously, Michael was social media manager at MedPage Today and, before that, an editorial assistant at Bearport Publishing. He holds a B.A. in English from SUNY Albany and a B.A. in teaching English from Brooklyn College.

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November 2022
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Community Newsletter: A profound discussion on autism labels

by  /  6 November 2022

Representation was the theme of this this week, with a deep discussion on ‘profound autism’ and info about an upcoming conference.

October 2022
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Community Newsletter: Families in crisis; genetics mystery; health determinants

by  /  30 October 2022

Recent Twitter threads explore a new approach to autism diagnosis, a mysterious genetic region and social determinants of health.

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Community Newsletter: Brain geometry; adaptive immune system; INSAR policy brief

by  /  23 October 2022

Two threads pose intriguing neuroscience questions; plus a criminal-justice policy brief.

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Community newsletter: Brain map; communication guide

by  /  16 October 2022

Threads on a GoogleMap for the brain and guidance on communicating with autistic people in a health-care setting garnered gobs of comments this week.

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Community Newsletter: Interventions evaluated; microglia; big data analyses

by  /  9 October 2022

Our Twitter feeds were awash with research activity this week, including a review of autism intervention studies and resources to build better data-wrangling skills.

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Community Newsletter: Assembloids, autism-ADHD overlap, calcium signaling

by  /  2 October 2022

Highlights this week include two gene studies — one on the role of autism-linked genes in developing interneurons and another on the genetic origins of overlapping autism and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

September 2022
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Community Newsletter: Neuroscience game changers, genetics meeting highlights

by  /  25 September 2022

The talk of the Twittersphere turned around two influential neuroscience papers, plus a virtual trip to the World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics.

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Community Newsletter: Python primer, pandemic friendship effects, human brain power-up

by  /  18 September 2022

Tickling our brains on Twitter this week were threads about helping neuroscientists learn the programming language Python, a study about autistic schoolchildren, and the possible root of modern humans’ brain power.

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Community Newsletter: Helping autistic adults thrive, grant funding for people with profound autism

by  /  11 September 2022

Two overlooked groups in autism research — autistic adults and people with profound autism — dominated this week’s talk on Twitter.

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Community Newsletter: Autism gene lists, genetic diversity in mouse models, an autism biomarker

by  /  4 September 2022

This week, we’re bringing you some labors of love: a thread lamenting the autism field’s focus on gene lists, a study introducing genetic diversity in mouse models, and long-awaited results from a biomarker study.