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Autism Speaks Top Ten Advances in Autism Research 2013

The highlights of an unprecedented year in advancing diagnosis, prevention and treatment of autism and its associated medical conditions
December 18, 2013

The year 2013 brought signs of a gratifying maturation in autism research. This went beyond the unmistakable increase in the sheer number of autism studies making headlines. Many of the year’s most important advances used new technologies and built on the foundation of knowledge established by years of investment in basic research.

Autism Study Advances Understanding of Gene-Environment Interactions

New study uses brain tissue to deepen understanding of the roles that genetics and environment play in autism spectrum disorder
September 06, 2013

A new study using human brain tissue from the Autism Tissue Program (ATP), an Autism Speaks translational research program, identifies new genes of interest in understanding the genetic and environmental interaction in ASD. Appearing in the recent issue of Molecular Psychiatry, the study conducted by six researchers from Johns Hopkins, analyzed tissue from multiple areas of the brain known to be affected by autism.

Environmental Epigenetics of Autism Symposium: Presentations Online

May 10, 2013


The organizers of last month’s symposium: “Environmental Epigenetics: New Frontiers in Autism Research” have posted videotapes of its scientific presentations for free viewing at

Beyond Autism Genes: Epigenetic Differences in Identical Twins

By studying identical twins who differ in autism traits, researchers find evidence of environmental influences on gene expression
April 23, 2013


A “Top Ten Advances in Autism Research 2013” Selection
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Autism Speaks Awards 47 New Research Grants Funding $13.2 Million Over Next Three Years

Global Autism Science and Advocacy Organization Advances Research in Epigenetic and Gene-Environment Influences, Neurobiology, and Studies Concerning Adolescents and Adults with Autism

Autism Speaks announced the awarding of 47 new research grants totaling $13,242,279 in funding over the next three years. Grants awarde

December 21, 2011

New York, N.Y. (December 21, 2011) – Autism Speaks, the world’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, today announced the awarding of 47 new research grants totaling $13,242,279 in funding over the next three years. Grants awarded this year not only respond to Autism Speaks funding priorities, but collectively move autism research forward toward improving diagnosis and treatment and quality of life for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Autism Researchers Discover ‘Epigenetic’ Changes

Findings suggest how genes and environmental stresses may interact to cause autism
November 07, 2011


  In recent years, scientists have identified rare genetic mutations that in and of themselves can produce autism. They have likewise found a large number of genetic changes that increase the risk that a child will develop this disorder. However, fewer than 20 percent of those with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) harbor identifiable gene defects directly related to the disease.