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From funding decisions to scientific fraud, a wide range of societal factors shape autism research.

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Australia drafts guideline for supporting autistic children

by  /  9 August 2022
Government-convened experts laid out 84 recommendations, with a particular focus on affirming neurodiversity and embracing human rights.
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Community Newsletter: Whole-genome sequencing from Korea, a question of causality, early milestones

by  /  7 August 2022
It’s not quite back-to-school time, but the chatter on Twitter had us feeling nostalgically collegiate with deep dives into three studies and a philosophical conversation about language and thought.
Week of AugustAug
1st
2022

Spotted around the web: Antipsychotic side effects, online training, protein predictions

by  /  5 August 2022
Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 1 August.
August 2022
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Spectrum Launch: How to break down biases in neuroscience

by  /  4 August 2022

Through a website called Stories of Women in Neuroscience, Nancy Padilla-Coreano aims to shift biases in the field, one conversation at a time.

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July 2022
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Community Newsletter: Animal modeling, cannabis and autism, a new editor-in-chief

by  /  31 July 2022

Twitter was not quiet as a mouse this week over two animal studies, a survey of cannabis use by autistic people, and a big announcement from the Journal of Neuroscience.

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Community Newsletter: An ‘unexpected autistic,’ presynaptic optogenetics, neuroanatomy art

by  /  24 July 2022

Heating up Twitter feeds this week was a new commentary about a rarely discussed perspective on autism, talk about the use of optogenetics tools to manipulate ‘presynapses,’ a possible explanation for decision-making differences between the sexes, and a striking illustration of the human brain.

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Week of JulyJul
18th
2022

Spotted around the web: Histone modifications, neurodegenerative processes, Black in Neuro Week

by  /  22 July 2022

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 18 July.

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New program offers $35K grants to study ‘profound autism’

by  /  18 July 2022

People who have ‘profound autism’ — those with severe intellectual disability, limited communication abilities or both — tend to be excluded from research. The Autism Science Foundation seeks to change that.

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Community Newsletter: Therapy concerns, job training, a journal’s announcement

by  /  17 July 2022

The buzz this week hovered around the neurodiversity perspective on autism behavioral interventions, a virtual-reality program designed to help autistic people enter the workforce, and an announcement from an autism journal.

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Week of JulyJul
11th
2022

Spotted around the web: Mitochondrial genome, anorexia nervosa, drowning prevention

by , ,  /  15 July 2022

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 11 July.

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Access to virtual autism therapy in U.S. could narrow post-COVID

by  /  15 July 2022

When the federal public health emergency expires, so too could temporary insurance coverage of applied behavior analysis conducted remotely. A proposed rule could block those changes, however, at least for people with public insurance.

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Community Newsletter: Autism impact factors, autistic people’s perspectives, oxytocin receptor

by  /  10 July 2022

This week’s talk on Twitter included discussion on the merits of impact factors, responses to a Lancet commission’s recommendations for the autism field and research on oxytocin receptors.

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Week of JulyJul
4th
2022

Spotted around the web: Autism prevalence, RELN gene, fallout from changing abortion laws

by ,  /  8 July 2022

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 4 July.

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