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Videoblog: Weatherstone Fellow Conveys Passion & Thanks

Elaine Hsiao launched her career in autism research five years ago and soon after received an Autism Speaks Dennis Weatherstone Pre-Doctoral Fellowship. This month, Hsiao published a study that found that immune abnormalities contribute to autism in a mouse model. Hsiao has been using mice to study how a mother’s infection during pregnancy may increase the risk of autism in her offspring. In the short video, below, the young scientist discusses her research. In thanking the autism community for the fellowship, Hsiao says, “Every day I’m motivated by your faith in me and by the need to improve the lives of those who struggle with autism.”