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

February 2023
Week of FebruaryFeb

Spotted around the web: Brain organoids; early IQ changes; anti-racist policies

by , ,  /  17 February 2023

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 13 February.

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The promise of telehealth in autism diagnoses

by  /  15 February 2023

The COVID-19 pandemic forced a reckoning, in which autism clinicians had to redefine best practices and expand how children are evaluated. The remote assessments they developed may help solve a persistent problem: the long wait families endure to get a diagnosis in the United States.

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Simons Foundation clinical research head Wendy Chung to lead Boston Children’s pediatrics department

by  /  14 February 2023

Chung, a clinical and molecular geneticist, plans to continue serving as principal investigator of two large research projects involving cohorts of people with autism and related neurodevelopmental conditions.

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Filling autism knowledge gaps in Latin America: Q&A with Cecilia Montiel-Nava

by  /  13 February 2023

Countries across Latin America and the Caribbean struggle to collect data on autism, but Cecilia Montiel-Nava and the Latin American Autism Spectrum Network are beginning to change that.

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Community Newsletter: Neuroimaging assumptions; brain wave resonance; dietary treatment

by  /  12 February 2023

This week’s newsletter considers tweets about the assumptions baked into brain-imaging studies; the reach of brain waves; and a diet-based intervention for a rare autism-linked condition.

Week of FebruaryFeb

Spotted around the web: Two-hit autism model; cholinergic signaling; funding loss in U.K.

by  /  10 February 2023

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


Celebrating women
in autism science

by  /  10 February 2023
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Spectrum Launch: What the earliest early-career researchers contribute to the autism field

by  /  6 February 2023

High school interns don’t just gain new skills — they also form a pipeline of future scientists.

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Community Newsletter: Autism assessment; cognitive aging; metabolic diseases

by  /  5 February 2023

Discussion among autism researchers on Twitter this week swirled around how well pediatricians assess the condition, how it affects cognitive aging and how it alters cardiometabolic disease risk.

Week of JanuaryJan

Spotted around the web: Brain morphology; mild 22q11.2 effects; eugenics apology

by ,  /  3 February 2023

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 30 January.