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Researchers Swing Toward Monkey Models of Autism

Source: 
SFARI
Date Published: 
October 18, 2012
Abstract: 

Scientists reveal efforts to create transgenic monkey models of autism. Compared to mice and rats, these animals are more genetically similar to humans, and display more complex social and communicative behaviors.

Is He Being Bad? Social and Language Brain Networks during Social Judgment in Children with Autism

Source: 
PLOS One
Date Published: 
October 17, 2012
Abstract: 

This fMRI study on social judgment supports claims that autistic children may recognize socially inappropriate behavior but find it difficult to express why it’s inappropriate.

Cognition in Males and Females with Autism: Similarities and Differences

Source: 
PLOS One
Date Published: 
October 17, 2012
Abstract: 

Researchers find that women and men with autism have comparable impairments in social cognitive functioning, but performance on non-social cognitive tasks depends on gender.

Postmortem Brain Analysis Points to Autism Candidate Genes

Source: 
SFARI
Date Published: 
October 16, 2012
Abstract: 

Unpublished data presented at the 2012 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting show at least 30 genes show altered expression in brain tissue of people with autism. The ongoing study aims to include more samples than previous postmortem studies, and includes samples lost in Harvard’s freezer malfunction.

ASF-funded Scientists Have Helped Further Our Understanding of Autism

Source: 
ASF
Date Published: 
October 16, 2012
Abstract: 

Read highlights from our 2011 ASF grant outcomes report.

The CDC’s Learning Connection Highlights ASD This Month

Source: 
CDC
Date Published: 
October 1, 2012
Abstract: 

CDC's October Learning Connection highlights autism and features learning products and resources for healthcare providers and caretakers.

Common Genetic Variants, Acting Additively, Are a Major Source of Risk for Autism

Source: 
Molecular Autism
Date Published: 
October 15, 2012
Abstract: 

Study finds that together, a large number of inherited, common genetic variations “of very small effect” can increase risk for autism. Suggests risk of inherited ASD is approximately 40% in simplex families and 60% in multiplex families.

Interventions Addressing Social Impairment in Autism

Source: 
Current Psychiatry Reports
Date Published: 
October 4, 2012
Abstract: 

In this new review of intervention studies targeting social impairment in autism, authors encourage researchers to design new studies that: evaluate ingredients of effective interventions (e.g., required dose for therapeutic effect); include better outcome measures that can show that meaningful improvements have happened (e.g., spontaneous social initiations; sustained interactions); and include underserved and underrepresented participant groups, such as children with comorbidities, non-English speaking children, and minimally verbal children.

Aging in Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Mini-Review

Source: 
Gerontology
Date Published: 
August 24, 2011
Abstract: 

This article addresses an important and barely researched topic: what happens to children with autism spectrum disorders when they grow old.

Science & Sandwiches at UCLA with Dr. Connie Kasari

Dec 6 2012
Dec 6 2012
America/New York
Start Date: 
October 11, 2012
Location: 
Los Angeles, CA


 

Science & Sandwiches at UCLA Featuring Dr. Connie Kasari

 

In this unique event, Dr. Connie Kasari, Professor of Psychological Studies in Education and Psychiatry at UCLA and founding member of the Center for Autism Research and Treatment, will discuss social needs of children with autism and outreach to underserved populations. 

She will address questions such as: What does the evidence show about the social needs of children with autism? What are the most effective strategies for meeting those social needs, both in educational settings and in home settings? Are there, for example, specific strategies that can be employed during play dates or recess or outside of formal clinic settings? 

Why is there such a difference in autism diagnosis rates in different populations? What services are lacking in underserved populations? How can better-served communities contribute to improving the services in underserved communities? Are there service models that are more effective in different communities? 

UCLA Semel Institute Room C8-639

760 Westwood Plaza 

Los Angeles, CA 90024

December 6, 12:30 - 1:30 PST

As this is a Science and Sandwiches event, attendees will be treated to sandwiches, chips, drinks and a cookie. Tickets are FREE.

If you have questions about this event, contact the Autism Science Foundation at contactus@autismsciencefoundation.org.

Please RSVP for this event here