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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.

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 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.

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.

Investigators urge close monitoring and early intervention for developmental issues among infant siblings of children with autism
March 10, 2014


Researchers in Autism Speaks Baby Siblings Research Consortium report that they can detect developmental problems at 12 months in nearly half of children who have an older brother or sister with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Autism Speaks showcases innovative models for supporting adults with autism through housing and residential services
March 05, 2014

The second day of the 2014 Autism Speaks Autism Investment Conference opened with a focus on residential support for adults on the autism spectrum.

Autism Speaks showcases businesses successfully employing adults with autism; spreading the word about great workers, special talents
March 05, 2014

The second day of the 2014 Autism Speaks Autism Investment Conference closed with a focus on the need for more employment opportunities for teens and adults with autism.