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

August 2023
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NeuroDev retrospective; repetitive behaviors in fragile X mice

by  /  6 August 2023

A look back at NeuroDev’s first year gathering genomic and phenotypic data in Kenya and South Africa and a study on an underlying cause of repetitive behaviors in fragile X model mice absorbed researchers’ attention on social media this week. That and more in this week’s Community Newsletter.

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Autism in Adulthood gets its first impact factor

by  /  4 August 2023

The 4-year-old journal focuses on research that aims to improve the lives of autistic adults.

Week of JulyJul

Gene therapy for Dravet syndrome; telehealth; vision problems in autism

by  /  4 August 2023

Here is a roundup of news and research spotted around the web for the week of 31 July.

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Robotic headgear records brain activity in moving mice

by  /  3 August 2023

The tool could help researchers study the neurobiology of natural behaviors, scientists say.

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Emotion dysregulation in autism with Carla Mazefsky

by  /  1 August 2023

The director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Autism Center of Excellence talks about her new work investigating suicidality in autistic adults.

July 2023
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Exclusive: Shake-up at top psychiatric institute following suicide in clinical trial

by  /  31 July 2023

The New York State Psychiatric Institute in New York City is undergoing an audit and a change in leadership following a suicide that occurred during one of its clinical trials.

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Sensory traits in fragile X; epidurals and autism

by  /  30 July 2023

This week on social media, researchers discussed research on sensory issues in fragile X mice, and they considered yet another study of epidurals and autism. That and more in this week’s Community Newsletter.

Week of JulyJul

Gender diversity; parvalbumin interneurons; flawed clinical trials

by  /  28 July 2023

Here is a roundup of news and research spotted around the web for the week of 24 July.

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‘Troublesome pattern’: More papers from heads of shuttered clinic under investigation

by  /  28 July 2023

A total of 17 studies have already been retracted or are slated for retraction over issues with participant consent.

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The story of autism research in Australia: A conversation with Cheryl Dissanayake

by  /  25 July 2023

With the help of a generous benefactor, autism research in Australia is gathering critical mass.