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September 2022
David Geschwind stands in his lab.

Autism researcher Daniel Geschwind nets top National Academies prize

by  /  15 September 2022

The prize recognizes Geschwind’s contributions to our understanding of autism genetics.

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Spectrum Launch: Fostering neurodiversity, promotions, grad school placements

by  /  8 September 2022

Autistic researchers describe the challenges they’ve faced in academia and how their non-autistic colleagues can make the workplace more inclusive.

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A group of people in business attire is seated and having a conversation.

Autistic academics seek inclusivity to combat burnout

by  /  8 September 2022

Many autistic researchers say that academia could be the perfect place for them — but a number of obstacles stand in the way.

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David Mandell sits on the steps of a school.

How losing a parent helped shape David Mandell’s approach to autism research

by  /  6 September 2022

Autism’s “fearless” researcher takes on the big questions.

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A mother and child stand, dwarfed by giant alphabet blocks spelling ABA.

Applied behavior analysis and autism: Flawed application of a proven science

by  /  1 September 2022

The field of ABA needs more compassion and individualization.

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August 2022
A pregnant woman and a doctor, both masked, have a conversation in an examination room.

U.K. health authority investigates epilepsy drug’s link to autism

by  /  30 August 2022

Prenatal exposure to topiramate increases a child’s autism odds, according to the study that prompted the inquiry, but experts caution that pregnant people with epilepsy have few other options for controlling seizures.

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Illustration of screenlight projecting shadows on the wall of distracted parents: one is on their phone and the other is leaving the room.

Studies investigating link between screen time and autism must improve

by  /  29 August 2022

Showing an association is not enough to determine causation.

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Promising preclinical results prompt Angelman therapy trial

by  /  25 August 2022

Roche’s gene therapy drug Rugonersen boosts expression of the protein missing in the syndrome in mice and monkeys, but whether it works in people remains to be seen.

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Several strands of DNA with different openings at different points to show different functions for the same gene at different points in time

‘Double duty’ autism-linked genes upend conventional characterizations

by  /  23 August 2022

What these genes do and how they affect autism depends on when in development they’re studied, despite what classic ‘gene ontology’ analyses say.

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Illustration of a cassette tape with the tape replaced by a DNA double helix

‘Retro-Cascorder’ tracks gene-expression timing

by  /  19 August 2022

The new tool may help researchers reconstruct the sequence of biological events that underlie development.

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