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Science & Society

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

December 2018
six headshots of autism researchers
Features / Special Reports / 2018: Year in Review

Pitch your thesis: Big questions drive autism research

21 December 2018

Early-career autism researchers record ‘elevator pitches’ of their projects.

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News

Young writers fight autism stereotypes through fan fiction

by , ,  /  19 December 2018

Some fan-fiction authors are beginning to incorporate autism into their stories, especially in the Harry Potter universe.

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Woman looking into mirror sees words and fragmented reflection.
Opinion / Viewpoint

Why adults need an easier path to autism diagnosis

by  /  18 December 2018

Getting an autism diagnosis can be difficult for many adults, due to the dearth of reliable tests, high costs and bureaucracy.

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Multimedia / Webinars

Webinar: Patricia Braga discusses stem-cell models of autism

12 December 2018

Watch the complete replay of Patricia Braga describing studies of autism involving stem cells.

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News

How to design spaces for people with autism

by  /  11 December 2018

Architects are working with schools to create welcoming, versatile spaces for students on the spectrum.

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Illustration shows paper under review and the research process, on two different sides.
Opinion / Viewpoint

Peer review of methods before study’s onset may benefit science

by  /  4 December 2018

‘Registered reports’ — a type of paper in which experimental protocols are reviewed before the study begins — may make neuroscience studies more rigorous and reproducible.

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November 2018
illustration shows figure with many different colors and shapes indicating fluidity of identity.
Opinion / Viewpoint

Why we need to respect sexual orientation, gender diversity in autism

by  /  27 November 2018

Autistic people with a minority sexual orientation or gender identity face specific challenges, from having their self-assessments dismissed to difficulties advocating for their gender needs.

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Illustration shows long line of children waiting to see one doctor.
Features / Deep Dive

Why are there so few autism specialists?

by  /  21 November 2018

A lack of interest, training and pay may limit the supply of specialists best equipped to diagnose and treat children with autism.

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Portrait of Dr. Michael Gandal in his lab.
Opinion / Q&A

Beyond the bench: A conversation with Michael Gandal

by  /  20 November 2018

Michael Gandal, who studies the genetics of brain conditions, offers unusual advice on team building: Lock everyone up in a room together.

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Ben Barres, a neurobiologist at Stanford University's Medical Center, poses for a portrait in his lab in the university's campus in Stanford, Calif., Tuesday, July 11, 2006.
News

Ben Barres: A transgender scientist shares his story

by ,  /  14 November 2018

Ben Barres agonized over whether to come out as male or commit suicide. In a posthumous memoir, he makes clear that coming out was the right choice.

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