New Study Reveals Differences in Brain Connections
A new Autism Speaks-funded study reveals differences in brain connections in areas that redirect attention, mediate social interactions and modulate emotional responses.
New Research Grant Opportunities
Autism Speaks is pleased to release its latest funding opportunities for researchers: Dennis Weatherstone Pre-Doctoral Fellowships and Full- and Pilot-Level Treatment Grants. The intent of the Weatherstone Fellowship is to encourage the most promising young scientists to establish autism research as their chosen career path. Treatment grants support innovative clinical studies of novel interventions for individuals with autism spectrum disorders throughout the lifespan.
Autism Speaks' Los Angeles Chapter held “Acts of Love: Parenthood,” on November 4. The event, hosted at the Creative Artists Agency in Century City, Calif., was a salute to Jason Katims, the executive producer of the NBC television show Parenthood, who received the 2010 Acts of Love Awareness award for incorporating an autism story line into the series. The evening, which attracted hundreds of guests and celebrities, raised $100,000.
IACC Workshop Addresses Strategies for Streamlining Services and Supports
The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) Services Subcommittee held a workshop on November 8 called “Building a Seamless System of Quality Services & Supports Across the Lifespan,” in Rockville, Md. The all-day event focused on policy issues related to the system of services and supports for people with autism spectrum disorders and their families. The workshop was open to the public, and several community members attended the event including parents, educators, medical professionals, and researchers.