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IMFAR 2013

Complete coverage of the latest developments from the International Meeting for Autism Research.

IMFAR 2013

Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 11:59
  With a simple checklist, college students quickly and accurately rated home videos such as this one for autism-related behaviors. The average waiting time for an autism diagnosis is 13 months and requires that a highly trained professional administer one of two behavioral tests. The More...
Posted by Michael Rosanoff, MPH, Autism Speaks associate director for public health research and scientific review. On the third and final day of the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), we had a special opportunity to reflect on the importance of holding this annual meeting outside More...
  Posted by Autism Speaks Executive Vice President for Programs and Services Peter Bell. For the second time in its 12-year history, the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) was held outside North America in San Sebastián – also known by its Basque name, Donostia More...
Friday, May 3, 2013 - 07:05
  The transition to college is an understandably anxious time for many students with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). How will they be accepted by other college students? How open should they be about their autism? At this year’s International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), More...
Friday, May 3, 2013 - 07:00
  Autism studies tend to include few girls and women. In fact, many studies exclude them altogether. In part, this is because many more males than females have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). As a result, much of what we know about ASD and its treatment comes from research on boys and men More...
Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 09:00
Autism Speaks and the Simons Foundation are establishing and funding a new network to advance autism research through the precious gift of postmortem brain donation. They announced the creation of the Autism BrainNet today at the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR). Autism BrainNet More...
Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 08:05
Early results from a preliminary study on Pivotal Response Training (PRT) suggest that its use in young children with autism improves their brain responses to social cues. The improved brain activity corresponded with improvements in the children’s social skills Kevin Pelphrey, Ph.D., and More...
Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 06:45
  It’s become a truism that many individuals with autism gravitate toward gadgets –even preferring them to people. This has inspired great interest in developing devices – including robots – that can interact with individuals on the autism spectrum. However, little of More...
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 12:30
  Today, researchers reported the promising results from a clinical trial testing an experimental medicine for increasing sociability in children and young adults with autism. If larger studies confirm its benefits and safety, the compound – arbaclofen – could become the first More...
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 12:10
  Despite intensive early therapy, around a third of children with autism speak few words when they enter school. Once experts believed that if children with autism didn’t acquire language by age 5 or 6, they never would. Now we know that many can do so. Encouraged, researchers, More...