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Tag: funding

September 2017
Week of SeptemberSep
18th
2017

Genetic hotspot; big brain collaboration; funding fall and more

by  /  22 September 2017

A gene called TRIO may be a hotbed for autism mutations, an international collaboration focuses on the whole brain and one behavior, and Autism Speaks cuts grant spending.

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U.S. drug agency moves to guard against abuse of ‘orphan drug’ program

by ,  /  19 September 2017

The Food and Drug Administration is changing the way it approves medicines known as ‘orphan drugs’ after revelations that drugmakers may be abusing a law intended to help patients with rare diseases.

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Week of SeptemberSep
11th
2017

Maternal immunity; drug doubts; harassment scandal and more

by  /  15 September 2017

Two studies back the link between autism and maternal inflammation, other work weakens worry about antidepressant use in pregnancy, and a harassment scandal rocks a university’s cognitive science department.

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Doctor talking to mom and her daughter, who is holding a teddy bear.

Healthcare program for U.S. children could be in jeopardy

by ,  /  11 September 2017

A U.S. federal-state program that provides healthcare children in lower- and middle-class families is up for renewal later this month, but many fear it could get lost in the shuffle or that conservative lawmakers will seek to limit its reach.

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Week of SeptemberSep
4th
2017

Face learning; mosaic inheritance; nosy scientists and more

by  /  8 September 2017

A monkey study suggests facial recognition is not innate, a puzzle piece symbol carries negative connotations, and scientists are using a federal law to snoop on colleagues.

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Two doctors reviewing brain scans.

After long wait, ‘ACE’ announcement delivers mixed news

by  /  8 September 2017

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced the winners of the Autism Centers of Excellence grants. Grantees split a pot of nearly $100 million.

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August 2017
Week of AugustAug
7th
2017

Off-key outcomes; visualizing variants; urine indifference and more

by  /  11 August 2017

Music therapy proves ineffective for autism, brain structures differ with 16p11.2 duplications and deletions, and mice missing NLGN3 may influence the sociability of their littermates.

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Scientists in a lab

Decision over ‘ACE’ autism grants stirs anxiety among scientists

by  /  10 August 2017

The fate of the most prized grants in autism research is expected within weeks, and some researchers fear for their programs’ future.

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Research inspires range of careers outside the lab

by  /  8 August 2017

Researchers who left academia explain how science still informs their new careers — in a nonprofit organization, biotech company, science administration or journalism.

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Week of JulyJul
31st
2017

Autism unsurprised; diagnostic camouflage; Neanderthal legacy and more

by  /  4 August 2017

People with autism aren’t easily surprised, the social camouflage some girls and women with autism use may preclude diagnosis, and autism-related genes are rooted deep in human ancestry.

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