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April 2023
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Introducing ‘Synaptic,’ a new podcast from Spectrum

by  /  1 April 2023

Explore the people, the science and the challenges in autism research.

March 2023
Photograph of a doctor taking notes on a toddler who is playing with their mother.

Journal Club: Meta-analysis oversells popular autism screen

by  /  14 March 2023

The Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT) accurately flags autistic toddlers, a new systematic review and meta-analysis suggests, contrary to past evidence that the tool’s validity varies depending on a child’s age and traits. Experts weigh in on the discrepancy.

February 2023

Celebrating women
in autism science

by  /  10 February 2023
January 2023
Headshots of Melissa Licari, Somer Bishop, Jana Iverson, Anjana Bhat and Audrey Thurm.

Should motor impairment be added to the diagnostic criteria for autism?

by  /  11 January 2023

In light of growing evidence that motor challenges are common among people with autism, we asked five researchers how these problems fit into the definition of the condition.

December 2022
Photo of a single astrocyte (cyan) from the adult mouse cortex captured on a microscope. Astrocyte surface rendering (light cyan) and filament tracing (magenta) generated with Imaris Software.

Test your knowledge of 2022’s autism research news

by  /  22 December 2022

Do you read Spectrum regularly? See how well you’ve followed our coverage by taking our end-of-year quiz.

Illustration of a brain with geometric figures inside of it.

Top conferences of 2023

by  /  22 December 2022

Track some of the major autism science meetings next year on our timeline, and tell us which ones you plan to attend.

Four pairs of figures reach toward each other with both arms, creating four closed ovals.

2022: The year in quotes

by  /  22 December 2022

In our favorite quotes from stories we published in 2022, researchers find salvation in octopuses, recall mouse bites, and challenge the autism field to do better.

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40 under 40

by  /  22 December 2022

In 2022, we asked our profile subjects and sources to flag rising stars in their labs or among their former students. The result is this list of 40 young researchers who are working on autism-related science across the globe.

Two researchers survey a landscape filled with autism research topics including neurons, DNA, drugs and animal models.

2022: The year in review

by  /  22 December 2022

Take a look back at the year’s top developments in autism research and read about the field’s rising stars. Plus: Test your knowledge with our year-end quiz, and see which conferences we’re looking forward to in 2023.

A transplanted human organoid labeled with a fluorescent protein in a section of the rat brain.

Hot topics in autism research in 2022

by  /  22 December 2022

This year saw the debut of ever-more complex techniques to grow and analyze brain organoids and other 3D tissue cultures, among other advances.