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Into the Unknown: Aging with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Source: 
American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Date Published: 
November 26, 2012
Abstract: 

This article reviews the current literature regarding a range of quality of life outcomes of aging adults with ASD. Studies that have addressed life expectancy, comorbid physical and mental health issues, ASD symptomatology, and social, residential, and vocational outcomes are reviewed.

Recipe4Hope Campaign Will Raise Funds for Pre- and Post-Doctoral Autism Research Fellowships

Date Published: 
November 26, 2012
Abstract: 

The Autism Science Foundation today announced the launch of its annual year end fundraising campaign, “Recipe4Hope” – recipe4hope.causevox.com. Every dollar donated to the campaign will go directly to funding pre- and post-doctoral autism research fellowships to expand our understanding of what causes autism and to develop better treatments.

The Autism Science Foundation today announced the launch of its annual year end fundraising campaign, “Recipe4Hope” – http://recipe4Hope.causevox.com.  Every dollar donated to the campaign will go directly to funding pre- and post-doctoral autism research fellowships to expand our understanding of what causes autism and to develop better treatments.

“We know that autism research is a great source of hope for families with autism,” said Alison Singer, president of the Autism Science Foundation. “Through our pre- and post-doctoral fellowship program we are putting bright young scientists to work unlocking the causes of autism and developing effective treatments that will improve people’s lives. We need each member of the autism community to take his or her place at the table in funding research. Everyone has a hand in this.”

Each year the Recipe4Hope campaign profiles a family that epitomizes the spirit and teamwork shown by autism families around the globe. The year, the campaign focuses on the Congdon family from Hendersonville, North Carolina.  “When we visited the Congdon family we saw Eric and Marian Congdon and their children, Lydia (17 years), Emily (16 years), who has autism, Eric (15 years), and Sara (12 years) working together to prepare their holiday meal,” said Dawn Crawford, community relations & media manager of the Autism Science Foundation.  “They worked as a great team, just as the whole autism community must work together as a team to fund research and find new solutions for our families.”

“ASF is getting the science done. They are funding the studies we need to really make a difference in our kids’ lives,” Eric Congdon said.

“ASF is a dream come true,” said Marian Congdon. “Science and autism treatments are huge for me and my family. There is so much out there as a parent to read. It’s good to know that ASF cuts through the pseudoscience and shares trusted studies.”

The fundraising campaign will take place exclusively online through December 31, and will employ social media outreach to connect with donors and supporters. Supporters are encouraged to share favorite family recipes and holiday dishes on the ASF’s Facebook page and Twitter account. There is also a hashtag, #recipe4hope, to track the activity on social media sites. Supporters can create their own fundraising pages to raise donations for the nonprofit. It’s easy and free to set up a personal page and give the gift of hope this holiday season.

The Autism Science Foundation has funded over $700,000 in pre and post-doctoral grants. Ongoing donor support for this program through the Recipe4Hope campaign is critical. ASF’s pre- and post-doctoral grant program encourages bright, energetic young scientists to devote their careers to autism research. These research grants are already having a real impact on the field.

For more information about the Recipe4Hope campaign, visit http://recipe4Hope.causevox.com. “Like” ASF on Facebook at Facebook.com/autismsciencefd, follow ASF on at Twitter.com/autismsciencefd, on Pinterest at Pinterest.com/autismsciencefd and on Instagram at statigr.am/autismsciencefd.

About the Autism Science Foundation

The Autism Science Foundation (ASF) is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Its mission is to support autism research by providing funding and assistance to scientists and organizations conducting, facilitating, publishing, and disseminating autism science. The foundation also provides information about autism to the general public and increases awareness of autism spectrum disorders and the needs of individuals and families affected by autism. To learn more visit www.autismsciencefoundation.org.

Contact Info:   

Tara Connolly
Autism Science Foundation
tconnolly@autismsciencefoundation.org

 

Rectifying Neuroligin Synthesis Reverses ASD Symptoms in Mice

Source: 
Nature
Date Published: 
November 21, 2012
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Abnormally high production of neuroligins, proteins involved in synapse formation, resulted in ASD symptoms in mice. Researchers reversed ASD symptoms by reducing neuroligin synthesis.

Sensory Integration Therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Systematic Review

Source: 
Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Date Published: 
November 20, 2012
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Sensory integration therapy is a popular ASD intervention, but this systematic review suggests scientific evidence does not support its use.

Diagnosing Autism in Neurobiological Research Studies

Source: 
Behavioural Brain Research
Date Published: 
November 12, 2012
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This review by Catherine Lord and Rebecca Jones looks at common tools and best practices for ASD diagnosis in research settings.

For the First Time Online, Find Autism Research by Topic

Date Published: 
November 19, 2012
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Now visitors to the ASF website can find autism research by topic at autismsciencefoundation.org/autism-science/research-by-topic . The nonprofit has organized an extensive library of autism research studies into over 60 different categories from animal models to wandering.

(November 19, 2012—New York, NY)--The Autism Science Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting and funding autism research, now allows visitors to its website to find autism research by topic at autismsciencefoundation.org/autism-science/research-by-topic. The nonprofit has organized an extensive library of autism research studies dating back to 2008 into over 64 different categories from animal models to wandering.

"Parents and students have been asking for this for a long time” said ASF President Alison Singer. It’s how we, as stakeholders, think about research; not by publication date or publication title or author, but by topic.”

“Several interns slaved away at this for months,” said ASF Media Director Dawn Crawford. “It was a tremendous amount of work but now we have something really useful that I hope will be a great resource for the autism stakeholder community. Our thanks to all the staff and interns who contributed to this project.”

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 public and serves to increase awareness of autism spectrum disorders and the needs of individuals and families affected by autism. To learn more about the Autism Science Foundation visit www.autismsciencefoundation.org

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Contact Info:    
Tara Connolly
Autism Science Foundation
tconnolly@autismsciencefoundation.org
 

Multiplex Targeted Sequencing Identifies Recurrently Mutated Genes in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Source: 
Science
Date Published: 
November 15, 2012
Abstract: 

De novo mutations in six genes may contribute to 1% of simplex ASD cases.

Prevalence and Correlates of Autism in a State Psychiatric Hospital

Source: 
Autism
Date Published: 
November 15, 2012
Abstract: 

This study estimated the ASD prevalence in a psychiatric hospital and evaluated the Social Responsiveness Scale (SRS) combined with other information for differential diagnosis. Undiagnosed ASD may be common in psychiatric hospitals. The SRS, combined with other information, may discriminate well between ASD and other disorders.

Newborn Blood May Reveal Early Immune Signs of Autism

Exploratory Study Examines Infections, Pregnancy, Autism Risks

Source: 
USA Today
Date Published: 
November 12, 2012
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Study examines potential links between maternal infections during pregnancy and autism. The chief of the CDC's Developmental Disabilities Branch says "for now, the standard clinical recommendations for treating pregnant women suffering from fever or flu should not change as a result of [these] new preliminary findings."