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September 24, 2008

Autism Speaks has announced a total of $1,244,000 in grants for seventeen new Pre-Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Fellowships – two-year grants awarded to support the efforts of graduate student and postdoctoral researchers working in fields related to autism. The fellowships will not only fund a diverse group of exciting research projects on the etiology, biology, diagnosis and treatment of autism, but, most importantly, will encourage the development of promising young scientists who wish to devote their careers to autism research.

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October 15, 2008

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) held its annual national convention and exhibition (NCE) in Boston on Oct. 11-14, 2008. As the premiere gathering for AAP members from around the country, the NCE offers a chance for them to learn about latest advances in pediatric medicine and to network and share experiences and insights.

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November 19, 2008

New insights in autism genetics have spurred increasing interest within the human genetics research community, and nowhere was this more evident than at this year's annual meeting of the American Society for Human Genetics.

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Researchers Tie Size of Amygdala with Social Impairment
September 13, 2007
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Autism Speaks, Science, Research, Brain's Fear Center Shrinks in Autism's Most Severely Socially-Impaired
September 18, 2008

In March of 2008, Autism Speaks released a Request For Applications that solicited proposals for projects that focused on studying environmental contributions to autism, with a special emphasis on environmental factors and their interaction with genetic risk factors. In response, 60 applications were received. These included pilot applications to test new hypotheses and gather preliminary data, as well as augmentation applications that would expand current large scale studies to include a new focus on the role of the environment in autism.

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October 14, 2007


AGRE Researcher James Millonig and colleagues have published a genetic association study focusing on a gene called ENGRAILED2 (EN2), which is involved in the formation of the brain during early stages of post natal development.

Specifically, EN2 was shown in several studies, to be essential for the proper formation of specific types of cells called Purkinje cells in the cerebellum. Eliminating this gene in mice reduced the number of these types of cells in the cerebellum.

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Autism Speaks, Science News, AGRE Researcher Identifies Association
Resource Now Used by Over 160 Researchers
September 21, 2009


The Autism Genetic Resource Exchange, or AGRE, is celebrating its 10 year anniversary! Since 1997, AGRE has collected genetic and clinical information from individuals with autism and their families. AGRE now includes data from over 1600 families, and is in use by over 160 researchers from 13 countries. It has contributed significantly to the productivity of autism researchers, and AGRE reached a milestone recently when the 100th research paper citing the AGRE database was published.

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Autism Speaks, Science, AGRE Celebrates 10th Anniversary
July 21, 2010

The AIR-P Steering Committee, which guides the activities of the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P), an important role served by the Autism Treatment Network (ATN), held its second annual meeting in Washington, D.C. in June. The theme of this year's meeting was Quality Improvement, which has become a guiding principle in the AIR-P, and which featured prominently in discussions throughout the meeting.

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AIR-P Steering Committee Meeting: Targeting Quality Improvement