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

September 2022
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Spectrum Launch: Fostering neurodiversity, promotions, grad school placements

by  /  8 September 2022

Autistic researchers describe the challenges they’ve faced in academia and how their non-autistic colleagues can make the workplace more inclusive.

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David Mandell sits on the steps of a school.

How losing a parent helped shape David Mandell’s approach to autism research

by  /  6 September 2022

Autism’s “fearless” researcher takes on the big questions.

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An illustration of two scientists carrying a larger-than-life DNA strand on their shoulders.

Community Newsletter: Autism gene lists, genetic diversity in mouse models, an autism biomarker

by  /  4 September 2022

This week, we’re bringing you some labors of love: a thread lamenting the autism field’s focus on gene lists, a study introducing genetic diversity in mouse models, and long-awaited results from a biomarker study.

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Week of AugustAug
29th
2022

Spotted around the web: Klinefelter syndrome, REM sleep, mixed-gender research teams

by ,  /  2 September 2022

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 29 August.

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A mother and child stand, dwarfed by giant alphabet blocks spelling ABA.

Applied behavior analysis and autism: Flawed application of a proven science

by  /  1 September 2022

The field of ABA needs more compassion and individualization.

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August 2022
Illustration of screenlight projecting shadows on the wall of distracted parents: one is on their phone and the other is leaving the room.

Studies investigating link between screen time and autism must improve

by  /  29 August 2022

Showing an association is not enough to determine causation.

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Illustration of a signal transmitting neuron.

Community Newsletter: Novel biosensor, mental health needs, autism research’s sex bias

by  /  28 August 2022

A short time ago on Twitter feeds not so far, far away, a new voltage sensor called JEDI-2P (no, it’s not a lightsaber) had users jawing like Jawas, while other threads featured talk of mental health interventions and sex biases in autism research.

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Week of AugustAug
22nd
2022

Spotted around the web: Virtual reality, mu rhythm, ‘tortured phrases’

by  /  26 August 2022

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

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Researcher on path in space that leads to open, shared data network.

Open science in autism research: A chat with Amy Pearson and Daniel Poole

by  /  26 August 2022

The two psychologists share tips to help autism researchers adopt established methods and make their work more transparent and reproducible.

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Community Newsletter: PAX5 mutations, rare-disease gene bank, dopamine primer

by  /  21 August 2022

Takeaways from two team-ups titillated Twitter this week — one on the effects of mutations in the PAX5 gene and one linking rare genetic mutations to a large number of diseases and traits. Plus a primer on dopamine with facts about dopamine fasting.

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