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Mouse Model Provides Clues to Autism

Source: 
PsychCentral
Date Published: 
March 22, 2012
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Vanderbilt scientists report that a disruption in serotonin transmission in the brain may be a contributing factor for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other behavioral conditions.

Autism Science Foundation Announces IMFAR Travel Grant Recipients

Date Published: 
March 22, 2012
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The Autism Science Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and funding autism research, today announced the recipients of its 2012 IMFAR Travel Grants. ASF will make 12 awards to autism stakeholders to cover expenses related to attending the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) in Toronto, Canada in May 2012. After the conference, grant recipients will share what they have learned with families in their local communities or online.

(March 22, 2012--New York, NY)-- The Autism Science Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and funding autism research, today announced the recipients of its 2012 IMFAR Travel Grants.   ASF will make 12 awards to autism stakeholders to cover expenses related to attending the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) in Toronto, Canada in May 2012. After the conference, grant recipients will share what they have learned with families in their local communities or online.

This year’s recipients are:

  • Catherine Blackwell - Sibling
  • Debra Dunn – Parent, Center for Autism Research at CHOP
  • Eric Hogan - Self Identified Individual with Autism
  • Eshan Hoque – PhD Candidate, MIT
  • Kadi Lichsinger - Parent
  • Marjorie Madfis - Parent
  • Jon Shestack – Parent, Founder of Cure Autism Now
  • Mark Shen – PhD Candidate, UC Davis MIND Institute
  • Melissa Shimek - Self Identified Individual with Autism
  • Meghan Swanson – PhD Candidate, Hunter College/City University of New York (CUNY)
  • Meagan Thompson – PhD Candidate, Boston University
  • Emily Willingham – Parent , Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism Blog

IMFAR is an annual scientific meeting, convened each spring, to share the latest scientific findings in autism research and to stimulate research progress in understanding the nature, causes, and treatments for autism spectrum disorders. IMFAR is the annual meeting of the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR).

“We are delighted to bring so many autism stakeholders to IMFAR so they can share their real world  experience with scientists,” said Alison Singer, President of the Autism Science Foundation. “Our travel grant program has become more and more popular over the past three years and we are thrilled to be able to increase the number of awards offered this year.”

The Autism Science Foundation (ASF) is a 501(c)(3) public charity that provides funding directly to scientists and organizations conducting & disseminating autism research.  ASF 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. Learn more about the Autism Science Foundation at www.autismsciencefoundation.org

The International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) is a scientific and professional organization devoted to advancing knowledge about autism spectrum disorders. Founded in 2001, INSAR runs the annual scientific meeting – the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR)-- and publishes the research journal “Autism Research.”

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Contact Info:    

Dawn Crawford
Autism Science Foundation
dcrawford@autismsciencefoundation.org

Understanding Why Autistic People May Reject Social Touch

Source: 
Time Magazine
Date Published: 
March 20, 2012
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Now, a new study offers insight into why some people shrug off physical touches and how families affected by autism may learn to share hugs without overwhelming an autistic child’s senses.

Mothers of Autistic Children Earn 56% Less Income, Study Says

Source: 
CBS News
Date Published: 
March 19, 2012
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On average, families with a child who has autism earn 28% less than those of a child without a health limitation; nearly $18,000 less per year.

Bone-marrow Transplant Reverses Rett Syndrome in Mice

Source: 
Nature Magazine
Date Published: 
March 17, 2012
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A bone-marrow transplant can treat a mouse version of Rett syndrome, a severe autism spectrum disorder that affects roughly 1 in 10,000–20,000 girls born worldwide (boys with the disease typically die within a few weeks of birth).

Joe Buxbaum's Science & Sandwiches presentation

Date Published: 
March 12, 2012
Year Published: 
2012
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Dr. Joseph Buxbaum is the Director of the Seaver Autism Center. Dr. Buxbaum discusses the SHANK3 gene, which helps synapses to properly function. Around 1% of children with ASD have SHANK3 mutations, making it one of the most common single-gene causes of autism. Dr. Buxbaum also discusses Insulin-like Growth Factor (IGF1), which is the second drug aimed at treating core symptoms of autism, and is currently being tested on humans.

Young Adults With Asperger Syndrome Frequently Suffer From Depression

Source: 
Medical News Today
Date Published: 
March 7, 2012
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Given that almost 70% of young adults with Asperger syndrome have suffered from depression, it is vital that psychiatric care staff are aware of this so that patients are given the right treatment, reveals research from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

For Children With Autism, Variability In Successful Social Strategies Revealed By Eye-Tracking

Source: 
Medical News Today
Date Published: 
March 5, 2012
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Katherine Rice and colleagues, from the Marcus Autism Center, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and Emory University School of Medicine, used eye-tracking technology to measure the relationship between cognitive and social disability in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and the ability of children with ASD to pay attention to social interactions.

Dr. Alex Kolevzon develops treatments to target the core symptoms of autism

Date Published: 
March 1, 2012
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Dr. Kolevzon, Clinical Director of the Seaver Autism Center, develops new pharmacological treatments to target the core symptoms of autism. Dr. Kolevzon discusses his work with Insulin-like Growth Factor (IGF1), which increases neural communication and may ameliorate issues of learning and memory in individuals with autism. Small trials of IGF1 have begun with children with SHANK3 deletion, a genetic condition held by ~1% of individuals with autism. If successful, Dr. Kolevzon and the Seaver Autism Center will conduct trials with the larger autism population.

Autism Not Diagnosed As Early In Minority Children

Source: 
NPR
Date Published: 
February 28, 2012
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Early diagnosis is considered key for autism, but minority children tend to be diagnosed later than white children. Some new work is beginning to try to uncover why — and to raise awareness of the warning signs so more parents know they can seek help even for a toddler.