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Study Suggests Repetitive Behaviors Emerge Early in Autism

Researchers say greater focus on repetitive behaviors may help identify babies and toddlers who will benefit from early intervention
May 15, 2014

A greater focus on very early repetitive behaviors may help identify more babies and toddlers who would benefit from early intervention for autism, a new study suggests.

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.

More Autism Therapies Prove their Worth

New review of autism interventions identifies 27 with solid scientific evidence of benefits; up from 24 in 2008
January 30, 2014

A review of more than 29,000 studies identified 27 autism therapies as worthy to be called "evidence-based." This is up from 24 autism therapies that the authors identified as solidly backed by research in their first review, published in 2008.

Researchers Discover Potential Cause of Autism in Key Enzyme Group

Study sheds light on possible environmental factors behind autism spectrum disorders
August 28, 2013

When a key group of enzymes called topoisomerases are impaired or inhibited, it can have a profound impact on the function of many genes important for development and potentially lead to autism spectrum disorders (ASD), according to a new study published Wednesday in the journal Nature.               

Hunting for Autism's Earliest Clues

By Ariel Bleicher
April 01, 2013

The brown-eyed boy in the video is 13 months old. He wears overalls and a blue-striped shirt and sits on his mother’s lap. On the table in front of them is a green washcloth. The boy picks it up and swings it near his ear as if he were guessing the contents of a Christmas present.

Delayed Gaze Shifting an Early Marker for Autism

March 20, 2013

A new study shows that infants who go on to develop autism take longer to shift their gaze between images than do infants who develop normally. The investigators detected the delay in 7-month-old babies and linked it to differences in a part of the brain associated with visual processing.

2000 Grants Funded (CAN)

Conditional neurotrophin knock-out mice as a model for the developmental neuropathology of autism

Schahram Akbarian, Ph.D., Massachusetts General Hospital (Young Investigator)

2006 Can Grants Funded

Cure Autism Now funded a variety of science programs designed to encourage innovative approaches toward identifying the causes, developing means of prevention and treatment and ultimately, finding a cure for autism and related disorders.

Field-building research grants were a core feature of Cure Autism Now's science program: Pilot Project, Young Investigator, Treatment, and Innovative Technology in Autism grants were born out of the necessity to stimulate novel research and entice investigators to join the fight to understand autism.