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

June 2022
Week of MayMay
30th
2022

Spotted around the web: Sex differences in microglia, Google searches, Kavli Prize

by ,  /  3 June 2022

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

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Spectrum Launch: Meet the duo behind INSAR’s ECR networking

by  /  2 June 2022

The chair and co-chair of the Student and Trainee Committee for the International Society for Autism Research share their advice for early-career researchers.

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May 2022

Spectrum Index: Self-harm hospitalizations, everolimus flops in phase 2 trial

by  /  30 May 2022

This month’s newsletter also highlights deflated autism prevalence estimates from Shanghai, China.

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Community Newsletter: Ethical review boards, Spectrum 10K, participatory tips

by  /  29 May 2022

The autism science community this week tweeted about whether underpowered studies pose ethical questions, if Spectrum 10K should restart and why autistic advocates participate in biomedical research.

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Week of MayMay
23rd
2022

Spotted around the web: Polygenic risk scores, joint attention, worldwide prevalence

by  /  27 May 2022

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 23 May.

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Spectrum 10K gets green light from ethics agency

by  /  27 May 2022

After a months-long review, the United Kingdom’s Health Research Authority upheld an earlier ethics approval for the embattled autism genetics study.

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Six steps to using machine learning for animal behavior research

by  /  26 May 2022

Machine-learning tools are widely available and can help speed up studies in animal models of autism. Here’s how to get started with the ‘minimal viable product’ and a few pro tips.

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Why monkey researchers are seeking the spotlight: Q&A with Cory Miller

by  /  25 May 2022

For decades, many researchers who study nonhuman primates kept quiet about their work, concerned about the extreme actions taken by some animal welfare activists. But a growing number are speaking more openly about the importance of their work in an attempt to take back the narrative.

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Standard quality-of-life screener validated for autistic adults

by  /  24 May 2022

Researchers updated the tool’s scoring system to better align with the experiences of autistic people.

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Community Newsletter: COVID-19 at INSAR, PTEN enhancer, baby sib findings

by  /  22 May 2022

This week’s newsletter looks at tweets about COVID-19 at last week’s INSAR meeting, an unusual enhancer regulating the autism-linked gene PTEN, and new findings from the Infant Brain Imaging Study.

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