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IACC announces selections for top advances in autism research

Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee publishes summaries of the 2014 and 2015 research papers it deemed most important in the field
April 18, 2016

On the occasion of Autism Awareness Month, the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) and the Office of Autism Research Coordination have released three new reports:

* 2015 IACC Summary of Advances in Autism Spectrum Disorder Research – summarizing the IACC’s selections for the top twenty research articles of 2015

* 2014 IACC Summary of Advances in Autism Spectrum Disorder Research – summarizing the IACC’s selections for the top twenty research articles of 2014

* 2011-2012 Autism Spectrum Disorder Research Portfolio Analysis Report – reporting on autism research funded by federal agencies and private organizations, and elaborating on data initially released in 2014 as a part of the 2013 IACC Strategic Plan Update. These data sets are also available through the new IACC/OARC Portfolio Analysis Web Tool.

Both “top advances” publications are organized in a lay-friendly manner by topic of interest, including:

“When should I be concerned?”

“How can I understand what is happening?”

“Which treatment and interventions will help?”

“Where can I turn for services?”

and

“What does the future hold, particularly for adults?”

The authors of the “top papers” selected by the IACC included more than a hundred researchers funded by or otherwise affiliated with Autism Speaks. They included Autism Speaks Senior Vice President for Public Health Research Andy Shih and Paul Shattuck, a member of the Autism Speaks Family Services Committee and director of the Life Course Outcomes Research Program of the AJ Drexel Autism Institute, in Philadelphia. Dr. Shih co-authored “Approaches to enhancing the early detection of autism spectrum disorders: a systematic review of the literature.” Dr. Shattuck co-authored the “National Autism Indicators Report: Transition into young adulthood.” 

For more information about the IACC’s publications and activities, please visit the IACC’s website at: www.iacc.hhs.gov.