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Research that Makes a Difference for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
May 2016 Research News & Updates
As Autism Awareness Month ends, I am deeply grateful for the overwhelming support of this community. I am certain we will continue making positive changes by networking, communicating, and doing all that we can to support research while encouraging awareness and understanding.

The ARI team kicked off April with the release of Part 2 of Autism Spectrum Disorders: Research and Medical Treatment Implications offered in joint providership with the Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education. Next, we hosted our annual scientific think tank, convening top experts to discuss the latest information on improving the methods of diagnosing and treating autism and reviewing emerging findings on potential strategies for prevention. I am ending the month in Moscow, Russia, co-chairing an annual three-day conference.

We also continued our work on adult services, sponsoring BILT - an online 12-week Residential/Daily Living Support course, an online employment portal,, and an online employability course.  

If you are considering Autism Awareness Month with a donation, I hope you will support research that makes a difference with a contribution to ARI

Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Autism Research Institute
Autism Research News & Updates
GI problems in autism may originate in genes, study suggests

"Our study is one of the first to suggest that GI and neurological aspects of autism, in some cases, may stem from a shared underlying abnormality," says Dr. Margolis. "This provides scientific credibility to the idea that gastrointestinal problems may be an innate feature of autism, at least for some patients." This work was supported by NIH grants NS15547, DK093786, MH096972, the Einhorn Charitable Trust, and the Autism Research Institute.

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Young people with gender dysphoria, elevated occurrence of ASD

Young people with gender dysphoria have an elevated rate of Asperger syndrome, according to a new study. Individuals with gender dysphoria feel distress because there is a mismatch between their physical gender and their perceived gender.

Daniel Shumer and colleagues conducted a retrospective review of patient chart data from 39 consecutive patients between 8 and 20 years of age seen at a gender clinic. Of this group, 22 were biologically male and 17 were biologically female. The researchers report, "Overall, 23.1% of patients (9 of 39) presenting with gender dysphoria had possible, likely, or very likely Asperger syndrome as measured by the Asperger Syndrome Diagnostic Scale (ASDS)."

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The research article above also appears in the current issue of ARI's Autism Research Review International newsletter.  
Free Online Continuing Medical Education & Credits for Physicians
Autism & sleep disorders, Temple Grandin on communicating compassionately in medical settings - Watch CME Webcasts

These activities have been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

This continuing medical education activity has been reviewed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and is acceptable for a maximum of 6.00 AAP credits. These credits can be applied toward the AAP CME/CPD Award available to Fellows and Candidate Members of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  
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Online Learning for Parents and Professionals
Did you know about the online course for supporting those with autism?

BILT is an instructor-led, self-paced online course that will help people who support those with autism, including families as well as Direct Support Providers in private homes, group residential settings, assisted living, agricultural, and intentional communities. Course participants learn approaches and methods to build independence for living. The course starts May 16th. Limited scholarships are available here. Questions can be sent to [email protected]

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Stream past ARI webinars online

Watch and share free lectures by top experts on a wide range of topics. We are grateful to our friends at the Johnson Center for Child Health & Development for working in partnership to offer presentations throughout the year.  

Watch past webinars & register for future talks
Selected Medical Talks now Online in Portuguese and Spanish - Free Certificates of Participation are Provided

As part of our effort to support families and individuals worldwide, we have begun translating the series developed in joint providership with Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Watch and share translations in Spanish and Portuguese
Happening Now at ARI
ARI Director Addressed Moscow Conference April 28th
For the last few years, Dr. Edelson has traveled to Moscow each Spring to co-chair a three-day conference on autism. He's accompanied by expert speakers from the United States to help organize the International Research and Practical Conference III: Autism, Challenges, and Solutions, scheduled for April 28-30th. Speakers include Kelly Barnhill, Drs. Harland Winter, Kenneth Sassower, Lauren Moskowitz, David Black, Jill Young and many more.
Upcoming Free Webinars
Watch and share free lectures by top experts on a wide range of topics. We are grateful to our friends at the Johnson Center for Child Health & Development for working in partnership to offer presentations throughout the year.  

View the 2016 webinar schedule 

Participate in Research
Seniors with ASD:
Survey Takers Needed

If you or a person you care for is on the autism spectrum and is 50 years of age or older, we would appreciate it if you could complete the online form.

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Researchers at Arizona State University are conducting a survey to evaluate the effectiveness of treatments for autism, including medications, nutritional supplements, diets, therapies, and education. The investigators hope to learn which treatments are most effective for different symptoms (language, anxiety, sleep, GI, etc.).  Survey results will be posted online for families and clinicians, and published in a scientific journal.

Share your experiences - take the survey
April, and Autism Awareness Month, are almost over.  At ARI, advocacy, education, research, and webinars for parents, individuals with autism and physicians continues year round.  It's never too late to give. 
Ready to support ARI's research that makes a difference in 2016?

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