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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.

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.

Autism Researchers Say Nearly Half of Baby Siblings Show Delays at 12 Months

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).

Google's John Lyman Delivers Keynote at Autism Speaks Autism Investment Conference

Autism Speaks and Google share vision of using innovation and technology to achieve the miraculous
March 05, 2014

 

 

John Lyman, head of partnerships for Google for Entrepreneurs, delivered the Day 1 keynote address at Autism Speaks 2014 Autism Investment Conference, in San Francisco, March 4. "Let me describe how Google thinks about new services and products," he said....

Wandering Technology in the Spotlight at Autism Investment Conference

Autism Speaks showcases promising devices and services that can help families manage autism-related wandering
March 04, 2014

 


Researchers, product developers and investors met to showcase and discuss innovative technology for managing autism-related wandering at a special session of the Autism Speaks Autism Investment Conference, in San Francisco today.

Autism and the Female Protective Effect

Large study provides further evidence that more-severe genetic mutations required for a girl to develop autism than for a boy
February 27, 2014


A large new study adds evidence to the idea that something protects the developing female brain from neurodevelopmental disorders including autism. This "female protective model" proposes that more extreme genetic mutations are required for a girl to develop autism than for a boy.