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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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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.

Autism researcher Veronica Martinez Cereno holds a brain in her lab.

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.


Publisher retracts autism paper after spotting ‘tortured phrases’

by  /  27 April 2023

The paper used more than two dozen such terms, which have cropped up in thousands of published papers in recent years.

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Acetaminophen on trial over possible links to autism, ADHD

by  /  26 April 2023

More than 100 parents who used the drug during pregnancy claim it caused their child’s autism or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, although the science behind the allegations is murky.

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Community Newsletter: Mass resignation at NeuroImage; new mouse brain atlas

by  /  23 April 2023

The resignation of all the editors from two brain imaging journals caused quite a stir on social media this week, and a new 3D brain atlas turned some heads.

Week of AprilApr

Spotted around the web: Sharing games; myelination; neuroscience prizes

by  /  21 April 2023

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 17 April.

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Questions arise around two published studies from Harvard group

by  /  20 April 2023

An anonymous tipster has been sifting through the papers of Jia Liu and his team.

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Imaging journal editors resign over ‘extreme’ open-access fees

by  /  19 April 2023

The editors intend to start a new nonprofit journal.