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 31, 2014
The New York Times explores “optimal outcomes” in autism – rare individuals who overcome symptoms, usually with intensive therapy More...
Date: July 30, 2014
Study finds no link between autism and mercury levels in mom or newborn; still prudent to limit intake of certain fish during pregnancy More...
Date: July 28, 2014
Not showing interest with eyes at 8 months tied to more-severe autism symptoms by age 3; may signal opportunity for early intervention More...
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...

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, August 1, 2014
Parents seek advice on switching back to early wake up and long school days; advice and perspective in the “Got Questions?” blog More...
Monday, July 28, 2014
Pediatric neurologist Martha Herbert explores autism’s brain origins in the context of environment influences More...
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...

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...