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

May 2023
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Flawed protocol for levodopa clinical trial brings retractions

by  /  9 May 2023

The retracted studies mar hope for the drug’s use in depression.

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Community Newsletter: Highlights from INSAR 2023

by  /  7 May 2023

This week we’re highlighting social-media chatter from the INSAR 2023 meeting in Stockholm, Sweden.

Week of MayMay

Spotted around the web: IQ studies; methylation; INSAR

by ,  /  5 May 2023

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 1 May.

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Black and women researchers are less likely to hold three or more NIH grants simultaneously

by  /  5 May 2023

A growing proportion of researchers has reached such “super principal investigator” status, but the distribution is not even across demographic groups.

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Spectrum Launch: Demystifying academia with Laurel Gabard-Durnam

by  /  4 May 2023

The Northeastern University psychology professor’s website offers a wealth of resources about how to navigate an academic career.

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What kind of autism research should we do, and where should we do it?

by  /  3 May 2023

Researchers at INSAR 2023 need to discuss these questions and remember that the purpose of research may be different for different communities.

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Heading to INSAR 2023: New research and sessions to address simmering tensions

by  /  2 May 2023

The annual meeting of the International Society for Autism Research in Sweden’s capital — which starts Wednesday — plans to tackle friction over terminology and research priorities.

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Beyond the bench: At school with Verónica Martínez Cerdeño

by  /  1 May 2023

Spectrum caught up with the University of California, Davis professor about her passion for volunteering in underserved schools, birding and fossil-hunting.

April 2023
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Community Newsletter: Tortured phrases; inherited variation; atypical speech and self-harm; autism prevalence

by  /  30 April 2023

Researchers on PubPeer noted several autism papers with tortured phrases, and scientists on Twitter discussed new findings on inherited variation in developmental conditions, the link between atypical speech and self-harm, and autism prevalence.

Week of AprilApr

Spotted around the web: WNT pathway; Phelan-McDermid syndrome; haploinsufficiencies

by  /  28 April 2023

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 24 April.