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

March 2021
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Opinion / Q&A

How to safeguard online data collection against fraud

by  /  30 March 2021

When autism researcher Clare Harrop tried to recruit survey participants over social media, she received hundreds of fraudulent responses. But there are ways researchers can protect themselves from similar experiences.

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News

Community Newsletter: COVID-19 and early-career researchers, Black in Neuro, talking ‘brain genes’

by  /  28 March 2021

In this week’s Community Newsletter, we highlight social chatter about the pandemic’s effect on early-career researchers, Black In Neuro, one year on and the controversy over ‘autism genes.’

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Week of MarchMar
22nd
2021
News / Spotted

Spotted around the web: Screening snafu, decoding SCN2A variants, supporting Black neuroscientists

by  /  26 March 2021

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 22 March.

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News / Toolbox

Family navigation helps reduce disparities in autism diagnosis

by  /  22 March 2021

Training community members to help families access care increases the likelihood that children from low-income and minority groups will obtain diagnostic evaluations.

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News

Community newsletter: A double dose of ‘double empathy’ studies

by  /  21 March 2021

In this week’s Community newsletter, we’re doubling up on articles that look into the double empathy problem.

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Week of MarchMar
15th
2021
News / Spotted

Spotted around the web: Depression risk, COVID-19 during pregnancy, lab supply shortages

by  /  19 March 2021

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 15 March.

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News / Toolbox

New statistical method may spare lab animals

by  /  18 March 2021

An online tool could help researchers limit the number of animals needed to power their studies.

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News

Cesarean delivery unlikely to sway child’s likelihood of autism

by  /  17 March 2021

Autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions are more common among children born by C-section than those delivered vaginally, but the procedure itself does not underlie the association, according to a new study.

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News

Advocates, agencies weather COVID-19 without federal autism committee

by  /  16 March 2021

Autism research and advocacy are continuing without input from the U.S. Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, but former members say the government needs the committee’s guidance now more than ever.

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News

Community newsletter: COVID-19 anniversary, social responsibility of genetics research, autism research feedback

by  /  14 March 2021

In this week’s community newsletter, we delve into the pandemic’s impact on academia, the social implications of genetics research and how to improve studies for autistic participants.

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