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June 2022
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Brain networks diverge in autism by toddlerhood

by  /  8 June 2022

By as early as age 2, autistic children appear to have a smaller salience network and a larger default mode network, among other differences, than children without the condition.

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Autism-linked mutation alters neuronal network activity

by  /  7 June 2022

Neurons with a faulty copy of SETD1A, a gene tied to autism and schizophrenia, show structural abnormalities and altered connectivity patterns.

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Community Newsletter: Kavli Prize puts spotlight on autism science, plus a genetics PSA

by  /  5 June 2022

On Twitter this week, many researchers toasted the geneticists who won the 2022 Kavli Prize in neuroscience, and others offered helpful reminders for the field.

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Spectrum of variants contribute differently to autism traits

by  /  3 June 2022

Different combinations of common, rare, inherited and spontaneous mutations may explain why traits vary so widely among autistic people.

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Organoids test gene therapies for Pitt-Hopkins syndrome

by  /  2 June 2022

Strategies to replace or compensate for mutated copies of the TCF4 gene could lead to treatments for this profound form of autism, a new study suggests.

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Spectrum Launch: Meet the duo behind INSAR’s ECR networking

by  /  2 June 2022

The chair and co-chair of the Student and Trainee Committee for the International Society for Autism Research share their advice for early-career researchers.

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May 2022
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Tripping over the potential of psychedelics for autism

by  /  31 May 2022

Drugs such as LSD act primarily on the serotonin system, which is implicated in autism — and some autistic people who experiment with psychoactive compounds report enhanced social connections, among other benefits. But researchers have more questions than answers.

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Spectrum Index: Self-harm hospitalizations, everolimus flops in phase 2 trial

by  /  30 May 2022

This month’s newsletter also highlights deflated autism prevalence estimates from Shanghai, China.

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Community Newsletter: Ethical review boards, Spectrum 10K, participatory tips

by  /  29 May 2022

The autism science community this week tweeted about whether underpowered studies pose ethical questions, if Spectrum 10K should restart and why autistic advocates participate in biomedical research.

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Spectrum 10K gets green light from ethics agency

by  /  27 May 2022

After a months-long review, the United Kingdom’s Health Research Authority upheld an earlier ethics approval for the embattled autism genetics study.

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