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

March 2023
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FDA approval of trofinetide may spur further drug development for Rett

by  /  16 March 2023

The drug, welcomed by patients, might be just the first of many.

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Community Newsletter: Two new mouse brain atlases, plus female mouse behavior

by  /  12 March 2023

Three murine studies — two of cell types in the mouse brain plus a look at behavioral sex differences — dominated researchers’ attention on Twitter this week.

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Doctors with autism speak out against stigma

by ,  /  9 March 2023

Autistic clinicians have long hid their diagnosis from colleagues, but some are beginning to share their stories to ignite change.

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Spectrum Launch: How early-career researchers can use ChatGPT to boost productivity

by  /  9 March 2023

The new tool may pose challenges for the scientific community, but used wisely, it can help researchers save time and resources.

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New journals seek to fill neurodiversity gap

by  /  8 March 2023

The two journals, although differing in initial support, both realized the need for a publication focused exclusively on the neurodiverse experience.

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People who need people: Leveraging desire for connection to address suicide in autism

by  /  7 March 2023

There are a variety of suicide interventions designed to improve social connection that could be adapted for autistic people, but first the field must work to dismantle the damaging and inaccurate notion that autistic people are uninterested in social interaction.

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Community Newsletter: Registered reports; cerebellum genome; octopus brain waves

by  /  5 March 2023

The research community was abuzz this week with chatter about Nature’s new policy on registered reports, a 3D genome atlas of the cerebellum, and a study that measured brain activity in freely moving octopuses.

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Week of FebruaryFeb
27th
2023

Spotted around the web: Synaptic vesicle recycling; telehealth diagnoses; registered reports

by , ,  /  3 March 2023

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 27 February.

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Debut drug for Rett syndrome at edge of approval

by  /  2 March 2023

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration plans to make an approval decision on the first-ever drug for girls and women with Rett syndrome by 12 March.

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Private equity harms autism service market

by  /  1 March 2023

Time is running out to expose this disreputable push for profit over care and change insurance, funding and training practices for the better.

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