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

December 2021
Portraits of Cathy Lord and Tony Charman.

Webinar: Tony Charman and Catherine Lord on the Lancet Commission and ‘profound autism’

26 January 2022

On 26 January, Catherine Lord, distinguished professor of psychiatry and education at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Tony Charman, chair of clinical child psychology at King’s College London in the United Kingdom, will speak about the Lancet commission’s recommendations and the use of the term ‘profound autism.’

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Autism by the numbers: Explaining its apparent rise

by  /  22 December 2021

For Spectrum’s fourth annual book, we offer a guide to prevalence estimates.

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Autism sleep study pulled because of data errors

by  /  21 December 2021

Researchers requested the retraction of their study linking low vitamin A levels to sleep troubles in autistic children after discovering “fundamental errors” in their data.

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By the Numbers: Autism in translation, rising prevalence figures, intelligence quotients

by , ,  /  21 December 2021

In this edition of By the Numbers, we discuss how translation alters a screening tool’s accuracy, the closing racial gap in autism prevalence numbers, and the preponderance of autism without intellectual disability.

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Community Newsletter: How much do therapists know about autism, reactions to a rogue stem cell trial

by  /  19 December 2021

In this week’s Community Newsletter, we look at a study that asks just how much therapists know about autism, as well as reactions to a highly controversial stem cell trial.

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Spotted around the web: Monkey faces, gut issues in autism, TCF20 duplication

by  /  17 December 2021

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 13 December.

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Spectrum Launch: Time management, job prospects and escaping the ‘holding zone’

by  /  17 December 2021

Most working scientists aren’t optimistic about their career prospects, according to a Nature survey; expecting passion may be detrimental in academia; and there are new funding opportunities on the horizon, with upcoming deadlines.

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Pitfalls in using autism claims data: Q&A with Lindsay Shea

by  /  14 December 2021

Insurance claims data are useful for autism research, but the field needs to standardize how they are mined, Shea says.

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Community Newsletter: How bias affects clinician attitudes on caregiver coaching

by  /  12 December 2021

In this week’s Community Newsletter, we look at a study on clinician bias toward marginalized groups and how it affects early intervention, and why accurate demographic information is so important.

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Spotted around the web: Social learning, cannabidiol, autism research dollars

by  /  10 December 2021

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 6 December.