Research

Getting Evaluated for Autism as an Adult: Where to Go? Who to See?

“Our 6 year old has been diagnosed with autism, and I’d like to get evaluated, too. Problem is, I can’t find anyone who knows how to diagnose adults. All the tests seem to be designed for children.”

Your Dollars@Work: Investigating Early Influences on Autism Risk

With the support of Autism Speaks and the participation of families, researchers at Johns Hopkins are discovering the genetic and environmental factors that affect early brain development. 

Reducing Stress, Depression and Anxiety in Mothers of Kids with Autism

Study conducted at the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network site at Vanderbilt University shows clear benefits to mom-led stress-reduction classes; mindfulness training produced greatest benefits

Study Suggests Most Autism Risk Comes from Common Genetic Variation

Autism appears to stem primarily from inherited genes common in population; each ups risk only slightly, but together have big overall effect

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Science News

Date: July 24, 2014
Autism Speaks Global Autism Public Health Initiative highlighted More...
Date: July 23, 2014
Inflammation is the body’s vital infection-fighting response, but chronic inflammation can harm the brain as well as body More...
Date: July 21, 2014
Study shows clear benefits to mom-led stress-reduction classes; mindfulness training produces greatest benefits More...
Date: July 20, 2014
Autism appears to stem primarily from inherited genes common in population; each ups risk slightly, together have big overall effect More...
Date: July 16, 2014
Findings implicate faulty transport of fatty acids in brain; suggest opportunity for developing treatment for one subtype of autism More...
Date: July 15, 2014
Autism Speaks-funded researcher Paul Shattuck addresses the "services cliff” that families face when kids with autism reach adulthood More...

Grants & Fellowships

Opportunities for Grant Applications

Updated 03/17/2014

The Open Grants page details scientific grant application opportunities. Each Request for Applications (RFA) can be downloaded from that page and contains specific eligibility and application requirements.

Interested researchers are also encouraged to join the RFA notification list.

Science Blog Posts

Friday, July 25, 2014
A parent of a recently diagnosed child wants to get evaluated himself, but finds that all the standard tests are designed for children More...
Thursday, July 24, 2014
With Autism Speaks support, these researchers are discovering the genetic and environmental factors that affect early brain development More...
Friday, July 18, 2014
Answers and insights from a nutritionist who specializes in helping families affected by autism More...
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Researchers funded by Autism Speaks share findings, seek participants for study of infants in families affected by autism More...

Clinical Programs

Our Autism Treatment Network is a collaboration of medical centers dedicated to providing More...
Learn about donor registration; advance understanding and treatment of autism. 
Our Autism Genetic Resource Exchange is a research repository of genetic and clinical information.
The Interactive Autism Network (IAN) is an innovative online project bringing together tens of thousands of people...

Initiatives

En Español Lowering the average age of diagnosis and increasing access to early intervention for all children Autism Speaks Early More...
Autism Speaks Global Autism Public Health Initiative seeks to partner with communities worldwide to increase  awareness and access to More...
The role of environmental factors in the development of autism is a crucial area of study. We know that genetics strongly influence the risk More...
Autism Speaks funds genetic and genomic research that can lead to improved diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder   In More...
Autism Speaks High Risk Baby Siblings Research Consortium (BSRC) brings together research groups from around the world with the mission of More...
  Autism Speaks Toddler Treatment Network supports a consortium of research sites studying behavioral interventions appropriate for More...
Translational research takes basic scientific discoveries and translates them into effective treatments and tools that improve quality of life More...