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June 2013 


In This Issue
New Webinar/Education Hub Premieres Online
Recordings from June 1 Immunology Symposium now online
Read what parents are saying about new book, "Nutritional Supplement Use for Autistic Spectrum Disorder"
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Current ARI-funded research summaries online now  

ARI conducts sponsors and supports research on the underlying causes of and treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  In order to provide parents and professionals with an independent, unbiased assessment of causal and treatment efficacy issues, ARI seeks no financial support from government agencies or drug manufacturers. We therefore rely on the generosity of donors to continue to advance autism research.  Our founder Dr. Bernard Rimland would often say, 'Research that makes a difference!' to remind us of the need to focus on what might be beneficial for people with ASDs here and now.

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From the Director

Summer is upon us, and the staff at ARI wishes everyone a cool and peaceful summer.


As you probably know, ARI sponsors webinars nearly every week. We are very excited about the premiere of ARI's new webinar hub, which will make it easy for users to locate and watch videos on specific topics from our past webinars. (See announcement below.)


Earlier this month, ARI co-sponsored a half-day conference titled "Immunological factors, Genes, and the Environment in Autism from Research to Treatment." The MIND Institute and Autism Speaks co-sponsored the event with us. More than 900 people signed up to view the conference live online! First, I would like to give big thanks to the speakers, Drs. Judy Van de Water, Pamela Lein, and Reymundo Lozano. In addition, special thanks go out to Dr. Leonard Abbeduto, Director of the MIND Institute, and Teri Contenti and Phyllis Brown at UC Davis. We also would like to thank Dr. Alycia Halladay at Autism Speaks for her help.

Did you know? On weekdays, ARI uploads daily posts about various topics on autism, such as research news and subjects of interest, on its homepage as well as our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Stephen Edelson, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Autism Research Institute 


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ARI's New Web Learning Hub Now Online
This month we launched an exciting new educational gateway - our new webinar hub - offering free live and archived learning events. The click-and-go interface includes continuing education for professionals, and represents our first steps toward our commitment to help more families and serve our community better by focusing on providing online education for parents and professionals alike. We are grateful to our friends at the Johnson Center for Child Health & Development for their partnership on many of these presentations. 
Visit the new ARI Web Education Hub

Upcoming talks include:
June 27: Complementary Care & ASD*
July 2: Augmentative Communication*  
July 16: Needles & Nurses & Labs*  
And many more ... 
See Full Webinar Schedule & Register Now


Continuing Ed Options - Prenatal Webinar Series    


This webinar series presented by ARI's Nutrition Director Kelly Barnhill, MBA, CN, CNS covers information on achieving ideal body weight and bolstering nutritional status in preparation for pregnancy, an overview of fertility support, and building healthy lifestyle habits. Trimester-based wellness webinars will include nutrient needs, building healthy dietary habits, recommendations on foods to eat and foods to avoid, and tips on dealing with fatigue, morning sickness, reflux, anemia, and pre-eclampsia as well as other health concerns. 

inf nutritionHealthy vegan and vegetarian pregnancies are also discussed. Meal plans and recipes for success are included. Our postpartum class addresses the new mother's physical and emotional needs through nutrition. This includes: diet choices for successful lactation, nursing support and resources, assessing and combating postpartum depression, nutritional requirements for breastfeeding, evaluating formulas and formula options, and more. REGISTER NOW 


Continuing medical education (CME) for medical professionals and general Continuing Education Units (CEU) are available for non-medical professionals for a processing fee.  

Missed it? It's not too late! Talks are now available online 
Earlier this month, the UC Davis MIND Institute will host an update for parents and health-care professionals on research exploring the growing body of evidence suggesting associations between environmental mechanisms, immunological susceptibility, and autism. The event was a collaboration of ARI, the MIND Institute, and Autism Speaks.   


Following the presentations the researchers offered a live roundtable discussion, including a question-and-answer session for audience members. Watch Now 

Update: Now available for shipment worldwide through

Nutritional Supplement Use for Autistic Spectrum Disorder
by Jon Pangborn by Autism Research Institute
Our Price: $25.00
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Dr. Jon Pangborn, a biochemist and a certified clinical nutritionist (and a longtime friend of ARI), has written a book describing supplements that might be useful for people with ASD--and he has graciously donated all proceeds from the book to ARI.

What readers are saying on
"This book has so much information in it and I think that ever parent with a special need child should read this. We were having terrible upsets with our daughter and at the end of our rope. We were already doing intensive behavior therapy 35 hours a week and she was learning but her behaviors were not getting better. So we went to a nurse practitioner specializing in ASD and I think everything we learned at that visit and all the visits after that are in this book. It was so educational and I have found more supplements and things I can do to continue to help my daughter feel better. Her behaviors are almost gone we have our child back - I do believe that adding the supplements to our treatment plan is what has made the positive changes we have seen over the last six months. Read this book!"

"This book is very valuable to all parents who have a special person with autistic spectrum disorder. I have read many books but found this one more useful because it guides you through the steps that you have to take in order to get somewhere. I would recommend this book to all parents who are just starting to look for answers, they will find them here."

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