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Science & Society

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

December 2021
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Spectrum Launch: Time management, job prospects and escaping the ‘holding zone’

by  /  17 December 2021

Most working scientists aren’t optimistic about their career prospects, according to a Nature survey; expecting passion may be detrimental in academia; and there are new funding opportunities on the horizon, with upcoming deadlines.

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Pitfalls in using autism claims data: Q&A with Lindsay Shea

by  /  14 December 2021

Insurance claims data are useful for autism research, but the field needs to standardize how they are mined, Shea says.

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Community Newsletter: How bias affects clinician attitudes on caregiver coaching

by  /  12 December 2021

In this week’s Community Newsletter, we look at a study on clinician bias toward marginalized groups and how it affects early intervention, and why accurate demographic information is so important.

Week of DecemberDec

Spotted around the web: Social learning, cannabidiol, autism research dollars

by  /  10 December 2021

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 6 December.


First-of-its-kind commission defines ‘profound autism,’ issues recommendations

by  /  6 December 2021

Use of the term ‘profound autism’ is among the recommendations made by a panel of autism researchers, clinicians, autistic adults and parents of autistic people.

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Community Newsletter: New prevalence estimates, journal chief steps down

by  /  5 December 2021

This week’s Community Newsletter brings you conversations around new autism prevalence numbers in the United States and United Kingdom, and David Mandell’s departure as editor-in-chief of Autism.

Week of NovemberNov

Spotted around the web: Researcher job prospects, telehealth, newborn screening

by  /  3 December 2021

Here is a roundup of news and research for the weeks of 22 and 29 November.

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U.S. autism prevalence inches upward as racial gaps close

by  /  2 December 2021

Autism prevalence in the United States rose to 1 in 44 children in 2018, up from 1 in 54 in 2016.

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‘Pay-to-participate’ autism stem-cells paper retracted

by  /  2 December 2021

One family paid more than $7,000 for their child to participate in a small clinical trial in Panama. The trial’s lead author did not disclose that detail.

November 2021
Professor Andrew Whitehouse surrounded by playful children in the busy clinic in Subiaco Western Australia.

Beyond the Bench: A conversation with Andrew Whitehouse

by  /  24 November 2021

Andrew Whitehouse talks about his conservation efforts in the Australian Outback, what it’s like to be an identical twin and why he leaves work promptly at 5 p.m.