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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.


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.

Week of MayMay

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.


‘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.

April 2022
Week of AprilApr

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.