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Molecular Mechanisms: Autism Gene Regulates Neuron Shape

Source: 
Simons Foundation Austism Research Initiative
Date Published: 
July 31,2012
Abstract: 

Scientists at MIT have found that TAOK2, a gene in the autism-associated chromosomal region, is part of a signaling pathway that builds neuronal connections during development.

Simple Worms could Help Unravel Complex Human Brains

Source: 
Simons Foundation Austism Research Initiative
Date Published: 
July 25, 2012
Abstract: 

The nematode "Caenorhabditis elegans" may serve as a useful model to study synapses, the junctions between neurons.

Cognition and behavior: Fragile X Carriers Show Autism Signs

Source: 
Simons Foundation Austism Research Initiative
Date Published: 
July 27,2012
Abstract: 

According to a study published in the American Journal of Medical Genetics, Women who have a milder version of the fragile X mutation, which can lead to the full mutation in their children, have some features of autism.

Pets May Help Kids With Autism

Source: 
WebMD.com
Date Published: 
August 1,2012
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Researchers in France found that children with autism who became pet owners after the age of 5 performed better than children without pets on two key measures of social functioning -- offering comfort and offering to share. Having a pet from birth did not appear to influence the socialization behaviors, leading the researchers to conclude that the arrival of a pet when a child is old enough to recognize the addition may be critical.

Scientists Track Adult Regression in Autism-Related Syndrome

Source: 
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative
Date Published: 
July 26, 2012
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Scientists track adult regression in Phelan-McDermid Syndrome, which is one of the autism-related syndromes with an identified genetic basis.

Evaluation of a Parent-Based Behavioral Intervention Program for Children with Autism in a Low-Resource Setting

Source: 
Journal of Pediatric Neuroscience
Date Published: 
January 2012
Abstract: 

Many countries do not have widely available or established resources for individuals with autism. This study from New Delhi, India examines parent-based intervention programs for children with autism in a low-resource setting.

New Evidence Links Immune Irregularities to Autism

Date Published: 
July 17, 2012
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Scientists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) pioneered the study of the link between irregularities in the immune system and neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism a decade ago. Since then, studies of postmortem brains and of individuals with autism, as well as epidemiological studies, have supported the correlation between alterations in the immune system and autism spectrum disorder.

Celebration of Families Brunch

Dec 2 2012 11:00 am
America/New York
Start Date: 
December 2, 2012
Location: 
Scarsdale, NY

Come celebrate the season of families at ASF's third annual "Celebration of Families Brunch": Benefiting the Autism Science Foundation, Toward Tomorrow, SNAAC, and SibConnection.

Please join us for this fabulous day of fun for parents and kids. The event is held at Jewish Community Center of Mid-Westchester in Scarsdale, NY. 

Tickets on sale now! Email contactus@autismsciencefoundation.org to purchase tickets. 

Rockland Autism Symposium

Oct 23 2013 7:00 am
America/New York
Start Date: 
October 23, 2013
Location: 
Rockland, NY

For the fifth year in a row, ASF will co-sponsor the Rockland County Autism Symposium, a day long learning event for special education teachers, regular education teachers, parents and other stakeholders. 

The event is free. Registration will begin after labor day. 

You can apply to attend by volunteering at the Autism Science Foudation table! Email us at contactus@autismsciencefoundation.org to volunteer. 

More information at http://www.rocklandautismsymposium.com/.

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Mutations in Autism Susceptibility Gene Increase Risk in Boys

Source: 
Emory University School of Medicine
Date Published: 
July 12, 2012
Abstract: 

Emory University researchers identify mutations in an autism susceptibility gene that may explain why autism spectrum disorders affect four times as many boys as girls.