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

April 2023
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Weaponized heterogeneity only harms the most vulnerable autistic people

by  /  17 April 2023

Focusing on aspects of autistic experience that we all share may lead more quickly to our shared goal of improved outcomes for all autistic people.

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Community Newsletter: Catatonia meds; academia’s reimbursement problem

by  /  16 April 2023

Scientists on social media this week discussed alternative treatments for aggression and self-injury in children with autism and addressed issues young researchers face when it comes to reimbursement for conference travel.

Week of AprilApr

Spotted around the web: Visual impairments; metabolomics; diagnosing girls

by  /  14 April 2023

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 10 April.

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New measure characterizes gender diversity in study participants

by  /  12 April 2023

The Gender Self-Report could help autism researchers include more gender-diverse people across a range of ages and neurotypes in their work.

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Community Newsletter: All about the hippocampus

by  /  9 April 2023

Social-media attention this week centered on two new studies of the brain’s memory hub: One employed virtual reality to probe how people use and update their cognitive maps, and the other tracked individual hippocampal neurons in mice as they learned.

Week of AprilApr

Spotted around the web: CNTNAP2 gene; post-synaptic densities; animal models

by , ,  /  7 April 2023

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 3 April.

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Spectrum Launch: The hidden costs of conference travel

by  /  6 April 2023

Most early-career researchers have to foot the bill for academic conferences and get reimbursed once they return. But not everyone can afford to wait for that payment.

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Community Newsletter: Polyneuro risk score; rat brain imaging protocol

by  /  2 April 2023

A pair of neuroimaging-related studies — one about a framework for brain-wide association studies and another about a standardized tool to image rat brains — held researchers’ attention on social media this week.

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Diagnosing autism with Catherine Lord

by  /  1 April 2023

In this inaugural episode, Lord discusses her entry into autism research, what the future of the field might look like and how drama club saved her in high school.

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Introducing ‘Synaptic,’ a new podcast from Spectrum

by  /  1 April 2023

Explore the people, the science and the challenges in autism research.