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

February 2022
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Community Newsletter: A call to bring megastudy might to autism behavioral studies

by  /  20 February 2022

Twitter amplified the message that research involving thousands of participants holds the power to produce more clinically significant findings, plus highlights from a meeting in Israel and a new resource to connect researchers and policymakers.

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Week of FebruaryFeb
14th
2022

Spotted around the web: Ultrasound, microbial metabolites, profound autism

by  /  18 February 2022

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

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Petrus de Vries: Architect of the autism research field in Africa

by  /  16 February 2022

Petrus de Vries is on a quest to outfit Africa, the continent of his birth, with trained autism researchers and service providers.

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By the Numbers: Autism funding over time, West African research, racial reporting

by  /  16 February 2022

This edition of By the Numbers plots the rise of biology-centric autism grants, a dearth of West African autism research and the lack of racial data in intervention studies.

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Your questions about the Lancet Commission and ‘profound autism,’ answered

by  /  15 February 2022

Tony Charman and Catherine Lord answer questions from Spectrum’s webinar on the Lancet Commission’s recommendations for autism research.

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A diverse group of elementary age children are sitting together and are watching an educational video on a digital tablet.

Most autism intervention studies lack data on race, ethnicity

by  /  14 February 2022

Only a quarter of more than 1,000 autism intervention studies published since 1990 report on participants’ races and ethnicities, and just one included a Native American participant.

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Community Newsletter: Do tweets help autism research papers take flight?

by  /  13 February 2022

Tweets this week feature research about the increases in downloads and citations papers get through social-media shares, as well as findings that tie three autism-linked genes to a new point of convergence.

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Week of FebruaryFeb
7th
2022

Spotted around the web: Interneurons’ birthplace, alexithymia in autism, activating neurons with ultrasound

by  /  11 February 2022

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 7 February.

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Beyond the bench: A conversation with Konstantinos Zarbalis

by  /  10 February 2022

Konstantinos “Kostas” Zarbalis talks about the upside of unexpected experimental results, and why he eats just one meal per day.

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Null and Noteworthy: Autism and aging, anorexia overlaps, pregnancy effects

by  /  10 February 2022

In this edition of Null and Noteworthy, researchers replicate encouraging findings on autism and aging and shoot down a host of potential links between pregnancy complications and having a child with autism.

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