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February 2023
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Spectrum Launch: What the earliest early-career researchers contribute to the autism field

by  /  6 February 2023

High school interns don’t just gain new skills — they also form a pipeline of future scientists.

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Community Newsletter: Autism assessment; cognitive aging; metabolic diseases

by  /  5 February 2023

Discussion among autism researchers on Twitter this week swirled around how well pediatricians assess the condition, how it affects cognitive aging and how it alters cardiometabolic disease risk.

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January 2023
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Community Newsletter: Better measurement; Rett rescue; interactomes; social touch

by  /  29 January 2023

Conversation took off this week around precision in neuroscience measurements, a new strategy to rescue Rett neurons, autism insights from protein interactomes, and mechanisms of touch perception.

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Racial, economic disparities skew New Jersey data on autism, intellectual disability

by  /  26 January 2023

Serious differences in autism identification persist, according to an analysis of autistic children in New Jersey over 16 years.

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Autism research at the crossroads

by  /  25 January 2023

The power struggle between researchers, autistic self-advocates and parents is threatening progress across the field.

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Divisions over ABA

by  /  25 January 2023

Applied behavior analysis, the most common intervention for children diagnosed with autism, is the subject of an intense debate between practitioners and neurodiversity advocates.

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Decisional capacity and informed consent, explained

by  /  23 January 2023

To include more autistic people in research, here’s what scientists need to know about informed consent procedures for study participants who have impaired decision-making capacity.

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Community Newsletter: Null on biomarkers; dopamine; sleep issues; funding

by  /  22 January 2023

This week, researchers discussed a search for autism biomarkers, a surprising explanation for how the brain organizes spontaneous behavior, and sleep disturbances in children with genetic neurodevelopmental conditions. Also, four new projects on profound autism received funding from the Autism Science Foundation.

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Autistic psychiatrists are an asset to medicine — but we need to better support them

by  /  18 January 2023

Autistic psychiatrists report experiencing prejudice, stigmatization and career barriers during their training and day-to-day practice. Workplaces can make some simple adjustments to better support them and enhance equality and inclusivity.

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Community Newsletter: An evidence problem; cells’ interior design; repetitive movements

by  /  15 January 2023

Discussion on Twitter this week swirled around the evidence base for autism interventions, a new tool for visualizing cells, and the relationship between attention problems and repetitive movements.

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