Science saw big advances in 2015 like new numbers on how many people have autism and how early they are diagnosed, as well major legislative changes which provide money for autism research. There were also scientific advances that moved the needle towards improvements to understanding autism and helping those who are affected.
Research participation and autism
Each year, many children with autism move or switch schools. Help IAN learn more about how this experience affects children with autism by taking part in our Changing Home And School Environment (CHASE) research study. (Principal Investigator: Dr. Paul H. Lipkin; JHM-IRB NA_00002750)
What have scientists learned about autism from brain tissue research, and what do they hope to learn? Listen to David Amaral, Ph.D., of the University of California MIND Institute, as he discussed brain research during an online webinar October 28, 2015.
There is a severe shortage of postmortem brain tissue for research. This article presents some of the major advances in autism research made possible through human brain tissue research.
Members of IAN's project team and our collaborators have made numerous peer-reviewed presentations at scientific conferences. Select the links to download the presentations or posters.
Time was short. It was August, and we needed to prepare a "back to school" article for the Interactive Autism Network (IAN) website. We needed to talk to some experienced parents about how to prepare students with autism for a new school year. Who did we call?
Why is long-term research so important in autism? How do scientists find out how individuals with autism change and progress through the years?
There is a severe shortage of brain tissue for research. Because it has been so difficult for researchers to procure brain tissue without advance registration, It Takes Brains seeks to make the public aware of the promise of brain research and the critical need for people to register to donate brain tissue.
Dr. Wendy Chung, director of clinical research at the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative, presented What We Know About Autism at a TED2014 conference. Listen to what she had to say.