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March 2022
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Community Newsletter: Autism training for Black parents, Google’s built-in gender bias

by  /  13 March 2022

Social media in the autism research space this week talked about making training for Black parents of autistic children “culturally relevant” and how — right on time for #InternationalWomensDay — Google auto-demotes famous women scientists.

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The autism researcher firing up TikTok: A Q&A with Ben Rein

by  /  8 March 2022

In the lab, neuroscientist Ben Rein studies mouse models of autism. But on TikTok, he’s fighting pseudoscience about his field, one video at a time.

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Community Newsletter: Autistic health-care needs, questioning brain-to-brain synchrony

by  /  6 March 2022

Tweets in the autism research sphere during the first week of March have come in like a lion, roaring — over gaps in clinical care for autistic people, gaps in understanding and gaps in evidence.

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Electronic health record alerts for physicians boost autism study enrollment

by  /  4 March 2022

People who heard about SPARK, a genetic study of autism, directly from a physician were more likely to enroll than those who heard about the project elsewhere.

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Spectrum Launch: Pivoting to industry, the importance of outreach, and the optimal number of grad students

by  /  1 March 2022

Andrew Jaffe, head of data sciences at Neumora Therapeutics, answers Spectrum’s questions about how his new career in biotech differs from his previous one in academia.

February 2022
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Community Newsletter: Chemical exposure effects, novel variants and preprint server improvements

by  /  27 February 2022

Social media in the autism space this week served up a helpful cheat sheet of standout research tweets to catch up on — plus an easier way to consume preprints.

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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.


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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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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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.