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February 2022
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Women outnumbered among editors of top journals in neuroscience, but not in autism

by  /  23 February 2022

Just 30 percent of editors of neuroscience journals are women, according to a new study. For autism-specific journals, by comparison, women make up 48 percent of editors, a Spectrum analysis shows.

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A new hub for participatory research: Q&A with Zachary Williams

by  /  22 February 2022

Last month, the International Society for Autism Research launched the INSAR Community Collaborator Request (ICCR), an online forum to foster collaborations between autistic people and autism researchers. Its creator, Zachary Williams, explains how researchers can make the most of this new resource.

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Cerebellum size shows tenuous genetic link to autism

by  /  21 February 2022

Some genomic areas that help determine cerebellar size are associated with autism, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, according to a new study. But heritable variants across the genome that also influence cerebellar size are not.

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Community Newsletter: A call to bring megastudy might to autism behavioral studies

by  /  20 February 2022

Twitter amplified the message that research involving thousands of participants holds the power to produce more clinically significant findings, plus highlights from a meeting in Israel and a new resource to connect researchers and policymakers.

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Week of FebruaryFeb
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Spotted around the web: Ultrasound, microbial metabolites, profound autism

by  /  18 February 2022

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 14 February.

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Protein complex points to new route to Rett syndrome

by  /  18 February 2022

Mutations in a newly identified protein complex that interacts with the Rett protein also lead to a Rett-like condition in mice, researchers say.

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Top autism candidate gene tied to newly identified syndrome

by  /  17 February 2022

Mutations in the autism-linked gene PAX5 underlie a range of traits, including developmental delay, intellectual disability, seizures and autism.

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By the Numbers: Autism funding over time, West African research, racial reporting

by  /  16 February 2022

This edition of By the Numbers plots the rise of biology-centric autism grants, a dearth of West African autism research and the lack of racial data in intervention studies.

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Petrus de Vries: Architect of the autism research field in Africa

by  /  16 February 2022

Petrus de Vries is on a quest to outfit Africa, the continent of his birth, with trained autism researchers and service providers.

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Your questions about the Lancet Commission and ‘profound autism,’ answered

by  /  15 February 2022

Tony Charman and Catherine Lord answer questions from Spectrum’s webinar on the Lancet Commission’s recommendations for autism research.

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