Skip navigation

Calls to Action

autism research

More Evidence that Reducing Inflammation Could Ease Autism Symptoms

Building on Autism Speaks Trailblazer research, study points to mitochondria dysfunction as promising target for new medicines
June 17, 2014

A new study in mice lends support to a novel theory that autism symptoms may, in some cases, result from inflammation and cell distress signals.

Autism Study: More Evidence Linking Altered Gut Bacteria to ASD

Researchers say that gut bacteria more abundant in some individuals with autism produce waste products that may affect brain activity
May 20, 2014

Do chemicals produced by gut bacteria affect children with autism? This week, researchers presented findings from a small study that suggests this possibility. They did so at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, in Boston.

New Meta-analysis Confirms: No Association between Vaccines and Autism

Analysis of 10 studies involving more than 1.2 million children reaffirms that vaccines don’t cause autism; MMR shot may actually decrease risk
May 19, 2014

A meta-analysis of ten studies involving more than 1.2 million children reaffirms that vaccines don’t cause autism. If anything, immunization was associated with decreased risk that children would develop autism, a possibility that’s strongest with the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine.

John Elder Robison Urges Autism Self Advocates to Embrace Brain Research

In remarks at IMFAR Stakeholder Luncheon, renowned autism self-advocate urges autism community to support brain-tissue research
May 16, 2014

John Elder Robison, renowned autism self-advocate and a neuro-diversity scholar at the College of William and Mary, called on the autism community to embrace brain research and the development of treatments that ease suffering. His remarks immediately followed the announcement of a new brain-donor registration site for Autism BrainNet.

Autism BrainNet Launches ‘It Takes Brains’ Donor Registration Website

Autism Speaks, Simons Foundation and Autism Science Foundation collaborate to increase brain tissue available for research
May 16, 2014


For more information or to register, visit the It Takes Brains website or call: 1-877-333-0990.

 

Can Translational Neuroscience Deliver Effective Treatments for Autism?

IMFAR keynote speaker identifies barriers to delivering better treatments and how international collaboration can break the logjam
May 15, 2014

Neurodevelopmental psychiatrist Declan Murphy, of King’s College London, delivered the first keynote address of the 2014 International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) today in Atlanta.

Can EEG Identify Which High Risk Baby Sibs Need Intervention?

Study of infant brain activity in families affected by autism finds signs of “miswiring” that may help identify babies at highest risk
May 15, 2014

Harvard researchers studying babies in families affected by autism say they’ve found two distinctive types of electroencephalogram (EEG) readings that, together, may pinpoint which of these infants are at the highest risk of developing the disorder. They are presenting their findings this week at the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), in Atlanta.