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e-Speaks || January 14, 2011

Autism science was the focus at the highest levels of the American research establishment when 2010 began with a landmark meeting hosted by Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health. The meeting fostered a spirit of respectful collaboration for autism advocacy groups working together to achieve a common goal of supporting the research that will improve the lives of those living with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The pool of significant advances in autism science in 2010 suggests that scientists and clinicians are indeed up to the challenge. Here, we highlight 10 of those advances, which include improved treatments and better means of screening for ASD, new clinical care guidelines and a greater insight into the underlying biology of autism.