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

June 2022
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Ways to make autism research more diverse and inclusive

by  /  14 June 2022

Scientists must focus on the importance of representative study samples and of engaging with diverse autism community members.

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Community Newsletter: Open-data fails, decoding GABA reuptake, peer reviewer duels

by  /  12 June 2022

We’re tracking tweets that highlight, among other things, the futility of ‘data availability statements’ and some possible fixes, plus visions of a peer reviewer dust-up.

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Week of JuneJun
6th
2022

Spotted around the web: COVID-19 during pregnancy, sleep problems, eugenics

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

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Null and Noteworthy: INSAR keynote, typical cerebellums, social subdomains

by  /  9 June 2022

In this edition, researchers sink a purported link between cerebellar volume and autism and buoy a theory about measuring social behaviors.

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Prioritizing physical health in autism: Q&A with Alice Kuo

by  /  6 June 2022

The principal investigator of the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health wants to encourage more researchers to study physical health issues in autistic children and adults.

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Community Newsletter: Kavli Prize puts spotlight on autism science, plus a genetics PSA

by  /  5 June 2022

On Twitter this week, many researchers toasted the geneticists who won the 2022 Kavli Prize in neuroscience, and others offered helpful reminders for the field.

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Week of MayMay
30th
2022

Spotted around the web: Sex differences in microglia, Google searches, Kavli Prize

by ,  /  3 June 2022

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 30 May.

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Spectrum Launch: Meet the duo behind INSAR’s ECR networking

by  /  2 June 2022

The chair and co-chair of the Student and Trainee Committee for the International Society for Autism Research share their advice for early-career researchers.

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May 2022

Spectrum Index: Self-harm hospitalizations, everolimus flops in phase 2 trial

by  /  30 May 2022

This month’s newsletter also highlights deflated autism prevalence estimates from Shanghai, China.

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Community Newsletter: Ethical review boards, Spectrum 10K, participatory tips

by  /  29 May 2022

The autism science community this week tweeted about whether underpowered studies pose ethical questions, if Spectrum 10K should restart and why autistic advocates participate in biomedical research.

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