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Autism and Prenatal Development

Autism Speaks neuroscientist Dan Smith answers questions about this week’s breakthrough report in the New England Journal of Medicine
March 28, 2014

Our recent news report “Direct Evidence that Autism Starts During Prenatal Development” continues to spark tremendous interest and discussion on both the story’s webpage and the Autism Speaks

Autism’s Rising Numbers: Q&A with Autism Speaks Chief Science Officer

Autism Speaks Chief Science Officer Rob Ring responds to questions sparked by the CDC’s updated estimate of autism prevalence
March 27, 2014

 Autism Speaks Chief Science Officer Rob Ring responds to questions about the CDC’s updated estimate of autism prevalence in the United States

Direct Evidence that Autism Starts During Prenatal Development

Researchers find common pattern of disruption to prenatal brain development; propose that early intervention may help brain compensate
March 26, 2014

Update: Read our related Q&A with Autism Speaks neuroscientist Dan Smith here.

 

 

 

Helping Teens with Autism Succeed in High School and Beyond

Researchers develop strategies for educating teens with autism under Common Core State Standards; preparing for postsecondary success
March 20, 2014

Researchers at the University of North Carolina have published guidelines for helping high-schoolers with autism meet Common Core State Standards, with the promise of boosting prospects for college and employment.

New Autism Speaks Grant Search: Find Projects in Your Area

New search engine allows you to explore how we’re putting your dollars to work in your neighborhood, state and around the world
March 19, 2014

 

At Autism Speaks, we want to show our passionate community of families, volunteers and donors how their dollars are invested in projects that deliver services and advance scientific understanding and treatment of autism and its associated medical conditions.

Autism Speaks Announces 2014 Weatherstone Predoctoral Fellowships

Program launches promising young scientists into autism careers, pairing them with leading investigators to pursue pioneering research
March 18, 2014

Autism Speaks is pleased to announce its 2014 class of Weatherstone Predoctoral Fellows. These nine promising young scientists will pursue two-year projects under the mentorship of leading investigators in autism research.

Study May Add Another Link between Autism and Toxic Prenatal Exposures

Researchers say prenatal exposure to toxic chemicals may be behind an association they found between autism and certain birth defects
March 13, 2014

 

An analysis of nearly 100 million medical records suggests that local rates of autism increase with rates of certain birth defects. The researchers suggest that this is further evidence - though indirect - that prenatal exposure to certain toxic chemicals can increase risk of autism.

Autism Speaks Announces Unprecedented Investment in Gut-Brain Research

Autism Speaks invites grant applications for research on gut-brain interactions and treatment of autism-associated GI disorders
March 11, 2014

Autism Speaks has announced it’s taking a leadership role in advancing research on gut-brain interactions as well as the treatment of the GI disorders that commonly affect individuals with autism. The organization is inviting applications for research grants of up to $500,000 per year for up to 3 years to support the highest standards of innovative science.

CDC Study Flags High Rate of Obesity among Teens with Autism

Medications may play role in doubling obesity rate among teens with autism; associated health problems highlight need for expert help
March 10, 2014

Researchers with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have documented high rates of obesity among adolescents with developmental disabilities. The highest rate – around 32 percent – was among those with autism.