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

April 2022

Pandemic, politics temper INSAR’s in-person return

by  /  4 April 2022

Some autism researchers and clinicians say they are boycotting the upcoming annual meeting of the International Society for Autism Research in Austin, Texas, because of the state’s controversial health policies and lack of COVID-19 mitigation strategies.

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Community Newsletter: Completed human genome, chromosome 16 convergence, avoiding ableism

by  /  3 April 2022

This week’s newsletter looks at tweets about new genes, familiar chromosomal regions and outdated terms.

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Week of MarchMar
28th
2022

Spotted around the web: AI algorithms, amygdala overgrowth, ANK2 mutations

by  /  1 April 2022

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 28 March.

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Open-source algorithm automates common marble-burying assay

by  /  1 April 2022

The machine-learning tool, which automatically counts how many marbles a mouse buries, appears to distinguish between hyperactivity and repetitive behaviors.

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Spectrum Launch: Postdoc salaries, tenure clocks and a writing hack

by  /  1 April 2022

As postdoctoral positions become longer but salaries stay low, many researchers say they must decide whether they can afford an academic career.

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March 2022

Spectrum Index: Rare genetic diagnoses, obesity odds, violence against children

by  /  31 March 2022

This month’s newsletter looks at the minority of autistic people who have an identifiable genetic cause for their condition, and at the fraction of autistic children who are obese.

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Community Newsletter: Reconsidering rodent models, rethinking early interventions

by  /  27 March 2022

Autism research tweets this week sounded multiple notes of caution — about mouse models, early interventions, genetic associations and leaky recruitment pipelines.

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Week of MarchMar
21st
2022

Spotted around the web: Sleep disturbances, gender views, reading emotions

by  /  25 March 2022

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 21 March.

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Community Newsletter: Powering neuroimaging studies, neurodiversity and Nigerian autism screening

by  /  20 March 2022

This week’s newsletter threads together tweets about what’s needed to link brain structure or function to behavior, early support for autistic children and a new tool to screen for autism in Nigeria.

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Week of MarchMar
14th
2022

Spotted around the web: Global autism prevalence, childhood sensory responses, support for Ukraine

by  /  18 March 2022

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 14 March.

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