Spectrum: Autism Research News
‘Splice-switching’ strategy boosts SYNGAP1 expression
The approach improves the function of SYNGAP1-deficient neurons in vitro, but whether it will work in people remains unclear.
FDA approval of trofinetide may spur further drug development for Rett
The drug, welcomed by patients, might be just the first of many.
African genetics study NeuroDev shares initial findings
The most comprehensive study of neurodevelopmental conditions in Kenya and South Africa ever conducted shares preliminary results and lessons.
Brain imaging do-over offers clues to field’s replication problem
Methodological choices and study-site artifacts confounded an attempt to replicate findings in support of an autism brain-imaging biomarker, according to new unpublished work.
What it’s like to be a Black autism researcher
Spectrum spoke to four Black autism researchers about what it’s like to be in a field that’s overwhelmingly white, how police violence against Black people has affected them, and the joy of finding one another in ‘Black In Neuro.’
Spectrum stories: Life in lockdown with autism
Host Chelsey B. Coombs talks to clinicians and people with autism about their experience of the pandemic, how their routines have changed and some of the unexpected benefits.
Spectrum Stories: What social touch says about autism
Understanding how touch is altered in autism could yield an early marker of the condition.
Spectrum Stories: How social media aids discovery and diagnosis of autism-linked conditions
Social media is connecting families with researchers who study rare conditions related to autism — to the benefit of both.