Science & Society

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


Book review: ‘The Rosie Result’ crafts foolish caricatures of autism

by  /  18 June 2019
In the final installment of Graeme Simsion’s bestselling Rosie trilogy, the protagonist's implied autism becomes explicit — and leaves our reviewer cold.
News / Spotted
Week of JuneJun

Spotted around the web: Week of 10 June 2019

by  /  14 June 2019
Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 10 June.
close up of microscope and researcher's gloved hands

How Trump’s fetal-tissue policy impacts medical research

by ,  /  12 June 2019
The announcement this week that the U.S. federal government is changing its policy on the use of human fetal tissue in medical research is designed to please anti-abortion groups.
June 2019
Goofy portrait of Adam Guastella at his desk in shorts and jacket with tie
Opinion / Q&A

Beyond the bench: A conversation with Adam Guastella

by  /  11 June 2019

Clinical psychologist Adam Guastella is driven to develop treatments that work for all autistic people — and to throw birthday parties for a few of those people.

Group of children walking in the countryside in Vietnam.

Large survey of children hints at true autism prevalence in Vietnam

by  /  10 June 2019

Less than 1 percent of young children in northern Vietnam have autism, but this prevalence is higher than in previous reports.

Multimedia / Webinars

Roundtable: Camouflaging in autism

6 June 2019

Watch the complete replay of our roundtable on camouflaging in autism.

TC Waisman during her performance
Features / Multimedia

The Story Collider presents: Stories from Spectrum

by  /  5 June 2019

The Story Collider partnered with Spectrum for a storytelling event about experiences with autism. The event took place 2 May at the Centre Phi in Montreal, to coincide with the annual meeting of the International Society for Autism Research.

May 2019
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News / Spotted

Spotted around the web: Week of 27 May 2019

by  /  31 May 2019

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 27 May.

Illustration showing artist interpretation of experiencing psychosis
Opinion / Viewpoint

Signs of psychosis in people with autism warrant serious concern

by ,  /  28 May 2019

Many young autistic people with signs of emerging psychosis go without appropriate care.

Opinion / Viewpoint

Autistic people with intellectual disability often excluded in studies

by  /  21 May 2019

The lack of people with intellectual disability in studies of autism has a profound effect on our understanding of the condition.

Rising prevalence in Northern Ireland
Opinion / Viewpoint

Rise in autism diagnoses in Northern Ireland highlights lack of support

by  /  14 May 2019

Autism’s prevalence in Northern Ireland is climbing, but government policies leave families unable to access the treatments they need.

auditorium conference scene with microphone in foreground.

International autism meeting tilts balance back toward biology

by  /  13 May 2019

The offerings at this year’s international autism conference largely satisfied scientists pushing for a focus on biology, while also including enough sessions on social issues to please others.

Genome sequence. The pattern of bands represents the chemical sequence that forms the genetic code for a section of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid). The DNA sample was cut into fragments by an enzyme. These fragments were then placed into a gel in the petri dish and separated by electrophoresis, the application of an electric charge. DNA sequencing is used in forensic science, medical research and genealogy.

Repairing racial inequality in genetic research

by ,  /  10 May 2019

To boost the participation of marginalized communities in genetic studies, doctors must first win back their trust.