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Exploring the people, the science and the challenges in autism research.
RECENT EPISODES
Portrait of Evdokia Anagnostou.

Evdokia Anagnostou and the concept of a good life

1 September 2023

The Holland Bloorview clinician and research director discusses how growing up on a small island shaped her career and the existential questions that keep her up at night.

Illustrated portrait of Carla Mazefsky.

Emotion dysregulation in autism with Carla Mazefsky

1 August 2023

The director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Autism Center of Excellence talks about her new work investigating suicidality in autistic adults.

Portrait of Ashura Buckley.

The sleep/wake cycle and autism with Ashura Buckley

1 July 2023

The NIH neurologist talks about her research, her family and how mental health labels can be limiting.

Portrait of Connie Kasari.

Social communication and developmental disorders with Connie Kasari

1 June 2023

In this episode of “Synaptic,” Kasari talks about the need for inclusion in educating autistic children, what drew her into the autism research field, and growing up on the family farm.

Spectrum Stories

Stories about autism, featuring experts, families and journalists.
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Black-and-white illustrated portrait of Jonathan Green.

‘Emergent and transactional’: How Jonathan Green is rethinking autism and interventions

28 August 2023

The experienced clinician discusses writing his recent paper, and its reception in the field.

Black and white watercolor-style portrait of Cheryl Dissanayake.

The story of autism research in Australia: A conversation with Cheryl Dissanayake

25 July 2023

With the help of a generous benefactor, autism research in Australia is gathering critical mass.

Images of Marie-Eve Lefebvre and Punit Shah sitting at their laptops.

New journals seek to fill neurodiversity gap

8 March 2023

The two journals, although differing in initial support, both realized the need for a publication focused exclusively on the neurodiverse experience.

Triangle that looks like a play button in a delicate collage of squares and circles on a cream colored background.

Writing a ‘new history of autism’

8 November 2022

Spectrum talks with David Dobbs about researching his latest article, and what he found.

RECENT EPISODES
A scientist in a white coat uses a microscope in a lab.

Six tips for postdoc success

14 September 2023

Postdoctoral positions are relatively short, so starting out on the right foot can make all the difference. Researchers offer their advice for making that happen.

Research images from an eye-tracking study.

Tablet-based tool to spot autism validated in two studies

5 September 2023

The new tool could help clinicians diagnose autism in children younger than 3, the findings show.

Research images of protein synthesis in mice.

Neuronal deafness to stress may add to protein surplus in fragile X

29 August 2023

A protective pathway that pauses protein synthesis is muted in a mouse model of fragile X syndrome, according to a new study.

Five high-school-aged students sit on a bench looking at notebooks and a laptop.

Social skills decline during adolescence for a sliver of autistic youth

24 August 2023

Most children with the condition, however, gain communication and social abilities over time.