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

May 2022
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INSAR Community Newsletter: Tweets & murmurs from Days 1 and 2 of the meeting

by  /  12 May 2022

We are covering the talks in Austin, Texas, this week, plus what the research community is talking about online, in the Lone Star Ballroom and around town.

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Heading to INSAR 2022: Hybrid format, COVID-19, Texas beef

by  /  11 May 2022

Many autism researchers say they are excited to gather in person for the first time in three years, but concerns about COVID-19 and the meeting location persist.

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Null and Noteworthy: Sex bias and gender blend

by  /  9 May 2022

In this edition, a diagnostic measure shows no significant differences between sexes, and a survey confirms increased gender diversity among children with autism.

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Community Newsletter: Hormonal gene regulation, gene-disease links, INSAR

by  /  8 May 2022

This week’s newsletter spotlights a Twitter deep dive about genes, hormones and the developing brain, plus upcoming events at the annual autism conference in Austin, Texas.

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Week of MayMay
2nd
2022

Spotted around the web: SHANK3 protein, microglia, new National Academy of Sciences members

by  /  6 May 2022

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 2 May.

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Spectrum Launch: How to conquer in-person conferences

by  /  5 May 2022

With INSAR 2022 on the horizon, some autism researchers are staring down their first ever in-person meeting — and wondering how to prepare.

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‘Tainted kids,’ other odd phrases cropping up in autism studies

by  /  2 May 2022

The “tortured phrases” — strangely worded paraphrases of established terms — may be the work of software that attempts to disguise plagiarism.

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Community Newsletter: Journal jobs, FMRP outside fragile X, convergent neuroscience

by  /  1 May 2022

As May kicks off, we round up tweets about new appointments, FMRP and Alzheimer’s disease, disparities in autism diagnoses, and the power of genomics.

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April 2022
Week of AprilApr
25th
2022

Spotted around the web: Antipsychotics’ side effects, neural waves, caregiver trainings

by  /  29 April 2022

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 25 April.

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Ethical gaps in autism genetics: A conversation with Holly Tabor

by  /  29 April 2022

Genetics research has largely failed to generate concrete benefits for autistic people, and its values and goals are due for reassessment, Tabor says.

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