Skip to main content

Spectrum: Autism Research News

News Archive

June 2022
Illustration shows a road going into the distance, seen from the driver's point of view.

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.

Comments
May 2022
An illustration of a colorful, psychedelic landscape featuring two people standing on a hill speaking to one another

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.

Comments

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.

Comments
Speech bubble formed by a network of communication

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.

Comments
people stand in as the base pairs in a DNA helix.

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.

Comments
Illustration of a rat in profile with the middle section of its body replaced by a red outline containing small yellow polygons against a navy blue background

Six steps to using machine learning for animal behavior research

by  /  26 May 2022

Machine-learning tools are widely available and can help speed up studies in animal models of autism. Here’s how to get started with the ‘minimal viable product’ and a few pro tips.

Comments
Ultrasound in black and white shows a pattern.

Heart anomalies abound in mouse models of autism

by  /  23 May 2022

Of nine genetic models examined in a new study, all had some incidence of cardiac abnormalities. But the problems varied widely depending on the affected genes.

Comments
Many mouths making conversation, with speech bubbles in red and blue.

Community Newsletter: COVID-19 at INSAR, PTEN enhancer, baby sib findings

by  /  22 May 2022

This week’s newsletter looks at tweets about COVID-19 at last week’s INSAR meeting, an unusual enhancer regulating the autism-linked gene PTEN, and new findings from the Infant Brain Imaging Study.

Comments
A playful chart is made from bars in lively patterns and red and blue.

By the Numbers: Suspensions, unemployment, health checks

by  /  20 May 2022

This edition plots school suspensions and the unemployment gap for autistic people, and charts outcomes for those who attend regular health checks.

Comments
A woman in a white lab coat uses a micropipette

Modified CRISPR tool boosts UBE3A levels in mice

by  /  20 May 2022

A deactivated form of the gene editor restores UBE3A expression in mice and human neurons without cutting the genome. It may hold promise for future Angelman gene therapies.

Comments