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Conversations with experts about noteworthy topics in autism.

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December 2015

Questions for Amaral, Halladay: Boosting brainpower

by  /  15 December 2015

A new network of brain banks aims to collect and disburse tissue donations to U.S. autism researchers.


Questions for Lisa Croen: How to design children’s studies

by  /  8 December 2015

Inviting families to participate in studies in the context of their clinical care may help mitigate the logistical challenges of long-term studies.

November 2015

Questions for Alison Hill: Understanding obesity in autism

by  /  24 November 2015

Children with autism are more likely to be overweight or obese than their peers, but it’s unclear why, or what doctors should do about it.


Questions for Stephen Blumberg: Tracking autism’s transience

by  /  3 November 2015

Roughly 13 percent of children with autism eventually lose their diagnosis, either because they outgrow it or because they never had autism to begin with.

October 2015

Questions for Will Spooren: Paving a path to autism drugs

by  /  13 October 2015

A European initiative that aims to provide a framework for clinical trials in autism has developed tools to track treatment responses.

September 2015

Questions for James McPartland: Biomarkers for better trials

by  /  22 September 2015

A $28 million initiative aims to develop objective tools for tracking social skills in children with autism. The initiative’s leader outlines its approach.

July 2015

Questions for Ilina Singh: Ethics of ‘baby sib’ studies

by  /  14 July 2015

Researchers are studying the infant siblings of children with autism, with hopes of improving the disorder’s diagnosis and treatment. They need to recognize the risks of these ‘baby sib’ studies, cautions ethicist Ilina Singh.

June 2015

Questions for Ari Ne’eman: Partnering with participants

by  /  16 June 2015

Autistic adults should be partners in the research process, not just ‘subjects’ in a study, says Ari Ne’eman.


Questions for Maureen Durkin: Understanding autism’s rise

by  /  2 June 2015

Autism is undoubtedly on the rise, but we may never be able to fully explain why, says Maureen Durkin.

May 2015

Questions for Miller, Kaplan: New neurons’ role in autism

by  /  12 May 2015

An autism-linked gene controls the number of neurons in the developing brain. Freda Miller and David Kaplan say the finding points to a new role for the gene in the early embryo.


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