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February 2021
Maria Chahrour and Leah Seyoum-Tesfa framed by a window at Maria's home.

How two researchers built the first genetics cohort of African children with autism

by  /  16 February 2021

In this recorded interview, Maria Chahrour and Leah Seyoum-Tesfa talk about how they work closely with immigrant communities to increase diversity in genetic studies of autism.

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Community newsletter: All about cognitive flexibility

by  /  14 February 2021

In this week’s community newsletter, we discuss a new paper on cognitive and behavioral flexibility and why it’s important during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Community newsletter: Research on camouflaging; a new epigenome

by  /  7 February 2021

In this week’s community newsletter, we talk about a new paper on camouflaging and a thorough human epigenome.

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January 2021
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Community newsletter: Spectrum sparks a literature review; using frogs as models

by  /  31 January 2021

In this week’s community newsletter, read about how Spectrum prompted a literature review, and using Xenopus tropicalis frogs to study autism genes.

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Community newsletter: Autism acceptance training and autistic driver research

by  /  24 January 2021

Twitter had a lot to say about a study suggesting that autistic drivers have similar or even slightly lower rates of vehicle crashes.

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Community newsletter: All about SfN Global Connectome

by  /  19 January 2021

We dove into what people on social media thought about the SfN Global Connectome 2021 conference — and its virtual format.

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The promise of scientific partnerships with people on the spectrum

by  /  14 January 2021

Five collaborations involving autistic scientists and experts are advancing autism research, from lending support for theories of the condition to shoring up trials of new treatments.

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Community newsletter: Subjective perception, plus autism’s double empathy problem

by  /  10 January 2021

An fMRI scan can reconstruct a picture from a person’s brain activity, but that image changes depending on a person’s attention.

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December 2020
Lab scene during COVID 19 pandemic.

Inside the reporter’s notebook: Dispatches from 2020

by  /  23 December 2020

Spectrum‘s staff couldn’t report on the ground this year — with no lab visits, sit-down interviews or in-person conferences to attend — but we observed a lot of changes from our computer screens.

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portrait of Dr. Waganesh Zeleke.

Beyond the Bench: A conversation with Waganesh Zeleke

by  /  22 December 2020

Waganesh Zeleke studies how cultural views can shape autistic people’s lives, as well as the lives of those around them.

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