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Autism Speaks and the World Health Organization Listens

Andy Shih delivers call for action at WHO's 1st conference on autism and other developmental disorders, co-sponsored by Autism Speaks
September 17, 2013

 

 

Yesterday, the World Health Organization (WHO) convened its historic first conference on autism. The Geneva meeting represents the first step in enacting the recently passed World Health Assembly resolution on autism.

Rhode Island Creates First State Autism Registry

Voluntary registry will advance research and public advocacy by gathering information on individuals with autism statewide
September 16, 2013

The Rhode Island Consortium for Autism Research and Treatment (RI-CART) is creating the first statewide registry of children and adults with autism. The voluntary registry will support autism research and public advocacy by providing a rich source of anonymous information about families affected by autism, their health and quality of life, and their access to services.

Study Provides New Clues to Oxytocin-Autism Connection

Oxytocin appears to partner with another vital brain chemical – serotonin – to make social contact rewarding
September 13, 2013

Stanford University researchers have shown that the so-called “love” hormone oxytocin is involved in a broader range of social interactions than previously thought.

Their new report in the journal Nature urges researchers to use the findings to open new doors in the search for autism treatments.

Autism Speaks Sponsors World Health Organization Conference on ASD

Three-day meeting in Geneva will identify priorities for action and bring together stakeholders, policy makers and experts
September 10, 2013

The World Health Organization (WHO) is holding a three-day conference to identify priorities for action on autism and other developmental disorders. Taking place September 16-18 in Geneva, the meeting will bring together autism advocates with national and international policy makers and experts. It is being made possible with support from Autism Speaks.

Autism Study Flags Differences in Developmental Brain Chemistry

Researchers note corrective 'rebound' in brains of children with autism; insights into adaptiveness of developing brain
September 09, 2013

A new study in JAMA Psychiatry reveals potentially important differences in the brain chemistry of young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), as compared to typically developing children and those with developmental delay.