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

November 2011
News

Base hits

by  /  11 November 2011

A panel of heavyweights from pharmaceutical companies and funding organizations painted a pessimistic picture for the future of autism drugs.

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News

SFN storms the capital

by  /  10 November 2011

We’re headed to Washington, D.C. for the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting, and hope to make your lives a little bit easier by reporting on what matters to you.

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Opinion

Chinese survey says…

by  /  8 November 2011

Knowledge of autism in China is spotty, according to a large survey published last month.

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News

Autism tests struggle to balance accuracy and speed

by  /  8 November 2011

Two studies published in the past month highlight the challenges in balancing the accuracy of autism diagnosis with cost-effectiveness and speed.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Fred Volkmar: A decades-long perspective on autism research

by  /  8 November 2011

Over the past 30 years, autism research pioneer Fred Volkmar says he has learned that researchers should be humble when assigning meaning to autism behavior, and seek to translate their findings into useful applications.  

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Opinion

Young brains

by  /  4 November 2011

A large, centralized bank of brain tissue from young people could greatly accelerate autism research. Thanks to a growing interest from nonprofit organizations, the idea is finally gaining momentum.

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News

Genetics: Size of 22q13 deletion predicts clinical features

by  /  4 November 2011

In a study of people missing an autism-linked region on chromosome 22, researchers have found that the larger the deletion, the more likely the individual is to have severe symptoms, from motor and speech delays to a large head and fleshy hands.

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News / Toolbox

Sequencing technique optimal for postmortem brains

by  /  2 November 2011

A technique for detecting gene expression that detects short RNA messages is better suited than traditional methods for analyzing postmortem brain tissue, according to a study published 10 September in BMC Genomics.

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Opinion

Autistics speak

by  /  1 November 2011

Today marks the second annual Autistics Speaking Day, when people turn to social networks to raise autism awareness.

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October 2011
News

Machine-learning tool offers rapid autism diagnosis

by  /  27 October 2011

A five-minute online questionnaire can diagnose autism with as much accuracy as the so-called gold standard diagnostic tests, according to unpublished findings presented Tuesday at the Autism Consortium 2011 symposium in Boston.

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