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CDC Warns Of Flu Risk For Kids With Disabilities

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CDC
Date Published: 
August 29, 2012
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Federal health officials are warning that kids with neurologic disorders face a high risk of death if they get the flu.

Evidence weak that vocational programs help autistic young adults

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Pediatrics
Date Published: 
August 27, 2012
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A new study from Vanderbilt and published in Pediatrics finds there's little science to backup the efficacy of current methods used to help young adults with these neurodevelopmental disorders segue into the workforce.

Father’s Age Is Linked to Risk of Autism and Schizophrenia

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Nature
Date Published: 
August 22, 2012
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Older men are more likely than young ones to father a child who develops autism or schizophrenia, because of random mutations that become more numerous with advancing paternal age, scientists reported on Wednesday, in the first study to quantify the effect as it builds each year. The age of mothers had no bearing on the risk for these disorders, the study found. Full article is here - http://www.autismsciencefoundation.org/sites/default/files/nature11396.pdf.

Stanford researchers investigate the emotional side of autism

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Stanford School of Medicine
Date Published: 
August 14, 2012
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Researchers at Stanford University have found that adults with autism spectrum disorders report greater levels of negative emotion in general.

Oxytocin-Looking Beyond the Love Drug

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Wall Street Journal
Date Published: 
August 10, 2012
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Important work from ASF SAB Member Kevin Pelphrey of the Yale Child Study Center.

Autism Stem-Cell Therapy to Be Tested in Children in Trials

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Bloomberg
Date Published: 
August 21, 2012
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Sutter Neuroscience Institute and CBR (Cord Blood Registry) are launching the first FDA-approved clinical trial to assess the use of a child's own cord blood stem cells to treat select patients with autism.

Autism Research Sees Explosive Growth

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DisabilityScoop
Date Published: 
August 20, 2012
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We're so proud to be a part of this statistic! According to a report released by Thomson Reuters, there was a 12-fold increase in the number of scientific journal articles focused on autism in the last 30 years.

Report Assesses Collaboration Among Worldwide ASD Researchers

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Office of Autism Research Coordination (OARC)
Date Published: 
August 17, 2012
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An expanded report released by Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) and the Office of Autism Research Coordination (OARC) helps inform autism research strategic planning effort by assessing the institutions conducting ASD research and the funding organizations supporting the research publications, as well as the extent of collaboration between authors.

Autism Science Foundation Issues New Request for Scientific Grant Proposals

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August 16, 2012
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The Autism Science Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting and funding autism research, today announced that it had issued a new request for scientific proposals. ASF is inviting applications for Pre- and Post-doctoral Training Awards from graduate students, medical students and postdoctoral fellows interested in pursuing careers in basic and clinical research relevant to autism spectrum disorders. In the past three years, ASF has funded over $700,000 in pre and post-doctoral grants.

Grants will fund pre- and post-doctoral autism research fellowships

(August 16, 2012—New York, NY) The Autism Science Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting and funding autism research, today announced that it had issued a new request for scientific proposals. ASF is inviting applications for Pre- and Post-doctoral Training Awards from graduate students, medical students and postdoctoral fellows interested in pursuing careers in basic and clinical research relevant to autism spectrum disorders. In the past three years, ASF has funded over $700,000 in pre and post-doctoral grants.

"Pre- and post-doctoral fellowships not only build our knowledge about what causes autism and how best to treat it, but also build our future by encouraging outstanding young investigators to dedicate their careers to autism research," said Alison Singer, president of ASF.

"We are so grateful to all our donors and volunteers who have come together to support autism research and who make these grants possible," said Karen London, co-founder of ASF.

The proposed training must be scientifically linked to autism. ASF will consider for training purposes all areas of related basic and clinical research including but not limited to: human behavior across the lifespan (language, learning, communication, social function, epilepsy, sleep, repetitive disorders), neurobiology (anatomy, development, neuro-imaging), pharmacology, neuropathology, human genetics/genomics, immunology, molecular and cellular mechanisms, studies employing model organisms and systems, and studies of treatment and service delivery. Applications must be received by November 16, 2012.

 Additional information about the RFA can be found at www.autismsciencefoundation.org/ApplyForaGrant.html.

The Autism Science Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Its mission is to support autism research by providing funding to scientists and organizations conducting, facilitating, publicizing and disseminating autism research. The organization also provides information about autism to the general public and serves to increase awareness of autism spectrum disorders and the needs of individuals and families affected by autism.

Grant applications will be reviewed by members of ASF’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) and other highly qualified reviewers. Current SAB members include Dr. Joseph Buxbaum (Mt. Sinai School of Medicine); Dr. Emanuel DiCicco-Bloom (UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School); Dr. Sharon Humiston (University of Rochester); Dr. Bryan King (University of Washington, Seattle); Dr. Ami Klin (Emory University); Dr. Harold Koplewicz (The Child Mind Institute); Dr. Eric London (New York Institute for Basic Research); Dr. Catherine Lord (New York Center for Autism and the Developing Brain); Dr. David Mandell (University of Pennsylvania/CHOP); Dr. Kevin Pelphrey (Yale Child Study Center) and Dr. Matthew State (Yale Medical School).

To learn more about the ASF’s grant programs, and to read about projects funded through this mechanism in prior years, visit www.autismsciencefoundation.org

 

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Contact Info:    

Dawn Crawford
Autism Science Foundation
dcrawford@autismsciencefoundation.org

Stanford researchers investigate the emotional side of autism

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Emotion
Date Published: 
August 14, 2012
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Researchers at Stanford University have found that adults with autism spectrum disorders report greater levels of negative emotion in general.