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October 2022
Illustration of a researcher discussing a document with policymakers.

Five tips for translating research findings into smart public policy

by  /  11 October 2022

Researchers can maximize the impact of their results by engaging policymakers more effectively.

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Still image from a time-lapse video of neuronal development.

Gene in autism hotspot regulates neuronal migration

by  /  10 October 2022

Restoring the gene, TAOK2, in mice missing an autism-linked region of chromosome 16 normalizes neuronal movement during development.

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3D reconstruction of mice microglia in green against a black background.

Community Newsletter: Interventions evaluated; microglia; big data analyses

by  /  9 October 2022

Our Twitter feeds were awash with research activity this week, including a review of autism intervention studies and resources to build better data-wrangling skills.

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A father and son sit on a couch while a neuropsychologist sits across from them in an armchair.

Neuropsychologists launch efforts to diversify field

by  /  5 October 2022

Their plans stand to improve how autistic children from racial or ethnic minorities are evaluated.

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Spectrum Launch: Neuropsychology’s diversity problem; the true cost of a postdoc; a bevy of job posts

by  /  5 October 2022

Two groups are working to increase representation among neuropsychology researchers, in part to improve behavioral assessments for autism.

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A teacher observes young students as they play with toys at a table.

Social-pragmatic difficulties common with autism, other diagnoses

by  /  4 October 2022

A standard questionnaire can help identify social (pragmatic) communication disorder more readily in school-age children.

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A woman in a lab coat types at a computer.

New diagnostic code for PTEN syndrome may spur research

by  /  3 October 2022

The code may help scientists identify people with the autism-linked condition and recruit them into clinical trials.

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An illustration of scientists looking at a strand of DNA.

Community Newsletter: Assembloids, autism-ADHD overlap, calcium signaling

by  /  2 October 2022

Highlights this week include two gene studies — one on the role of autism-linked genes in developing interneurons and another on the genetic origins of overlapping autism and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

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September 2022
Brain slice of a mouse brain showing cells carrying the fragile X mutation.

Fragile X neurons develop atypically in chimeric mice

by  /  29 September 2022

After a brain transplant of reprogrammed human cells, the animals can for the first time recapitulate some neuronal changes seen in people with fragile X syndrome.

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Illustration of a binocular microscope with an X Chromosome in one eyepiece and cancer cells in the other.

The cloudy connection between fragile X and cancer

by  /  28 September 2022

People with the autism-linked syndrome lack a protein implicated in several cancers, but it’s unclear whether — or how — they are protected from malignancies.

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