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

January 2023
Three groups of people meet and mix at a crossroads.

Autism research at the crossroads

by  /  25 January 2023

The power struggle between researchers, autistic self-advocates and parents is threatening progress across the field.

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Three groups of people meet and mix at a crossroads.

Divisions over ABA

by  /  25 January 2023

Applied behavior analysis, the most common intervention for children diagnosed with autism, is the subject of an intense debate between practitioners and neurodiversity advocates.

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Illustration of a signature being signed on a form.

Decisional capacity and informed consent, explained

by  /  23 January 2023

To include more autistic people in research, here’s what scientists need to know about informed consent procedures for study participants who have impaired decision-making capacity.

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Community Newsletter: Null on biomarkers; dopamine; sleep issues; funding

by  /  22 January 2023

This week, researchers discussed a search for autism biomarkers, a surprising explanation for how the brain organizes spontaneous behavior, and sleep disturbances in children with genetic neurodevelopmental conditions. Also, four new projects on profound autism received funding from the Autism Science Foundation.

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Week of JanuaryJan
16th
2023

Spotted around the web: Naturalistic research; AUTS2 gene; cerebellar GABA

by  /  20 January 2023

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 16 January.

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Illustration of hybrid objects: part light bulb, part lab vial, some in blue and some in red to signify null and replicated results.

Null & Noteworthy: Intervention flops; neural noise; gender care

by  /  18 January 2023

This edition takes aim at the autism-intervention evidence base with a slew of null results, plus findings that challenge a prevailing autism brain theory.

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Several scientists standing under a spotlight greet scientists who are entering the spotlight.

Autistic psychiatrists are an asset to medicine — but we need to better support them

by  /  18 January 2023

Autistic psychiatrists report experiencing prejudice, stigmatization and career barriers during their training and day-to-day practice. Workplaces can make some simple adjustments to better support them and enhance equality and inclusivity.

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Jill Silverman sits at her desk with her dog.

Beyond the bench: Finding solitude with Jill Silverman

by  /  17 January 2023

The people-focused researcher shares her secrets to carving out time for grant writing, creating work-life balance and letting go of unread emails.

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Many mouths making conversation, with speech bubbles in red and blue.

Community Newsletter: An evidence problem; cells’ interior design; repetitive movements

by  /  15 January 2023

Discussion on Twitter this week swirled around the evidence base for autism interventions, a new tool for visualizing cells, and the relationship between attention problems and repetitive movements.

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Week of JanuaryJan
9th
2023

Spotted around the web: CDK13; hippocampal plasticity; science Twitter

by ,  /  13 January 2023

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 9 January.

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