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Research that Makes a Difference for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
September 2016 Research News & Updates
Well, this summer came and went faster than one can spell "Autism Is Treatable."
Are you reading our "Did you know" posts in which we describe research findings and other interesting tidbits about autism? These posts can be viewed daily, Monday through Friday, on's homepage as well as Twitter and our Facebook page.
This Fall we will begin preparing for our 50th anniversary next year. The way we view and provide treatment to those on the autism spectrum has changed dramatically over the past half century. The staff, Board members, and I continue to focus our efforts on making a difference for those on the spectrum and their families by supporting research, networking, and disseminating information.

Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Autism Research Institute
Autism Research News & Updates
Study finds Injected Methyl B12 May Improve Symptoms  

Benefits of Methyl B-12 use for patients with ASD has been noted by families and some clinicians over the last few decades. In a recent double-blind study researchers reported evidence supporting its potential for some individuals: "The primary outcome measure--the clinician rated CGI-I score--was statistically significantly better (lower) in the methyl B12 group than in the placebo group."

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Maternal Streptococcal Infection May Play Role in Autism Spectrum Disorder

A common bacterium may play an important role in the genesis of autism, a new study suggests. Marie-Julie Allard and colleagues note that Group B Streptococcus (GBS), a bacterium found in the lower genital tract of 15% to 30% of healthy pregnant women, is the leading cause of chorioamnionitis (an infection of the fetal membranes) and cerebral injuries in newborns.

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"Autism Genes" Impact Neurotypical Behavior
Gene variants associated with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are widespread throughout the neurotypical population and influence behavior and development in this population, according to a new study.

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Research Updates: Helminths and ASD 
The successful use of helminths as therapeutic agents to resolve inflammatory disease was first recorded 40 years ago. Learn about the potential for helminth use in ASD and watch co-author William Parker's recent webinar on recent research and potential treatment.

Read the summary: Practices and outcomes of self-treatment with helminths based on physicians' observations. 
Some of the research articles above also appear in a recent issue of ARI's Autism Research Review International newsletter.  
Free Webinar: Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome
Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome

Tune in for this discussion of the subset of individuals experiencing Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder symptoms who are affected by PANDAS and PANS. The presenter Dr. Swedo is Chief of the Pediatrics & Developmental Neuroscience Branch at the NIMH.

Date: 1 p.m. Eastern, Wednesday, Sept. 7
Presenter: Sue Swedo, M.D., NIMH

We are grateful to our friends at the Johnson Center for Child Health & Development for working in partnership to offer presentations throughout the year. 
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Happening Now at ARI
Coming Soon: Tell Us About 50 Years of Research That Makes a Difference

The year to come brings a major milestone for ARI - 2017 will mark the fifth decade of autism research at ARI. Our staff is preparing and we'll need your help to tell ARI's story. Invitations will be coming your way in the next few weeks - please share your memories! We look forward to remembering and looking forward together.
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Study Particpants Needed for Inflammatory Subtype: Biomarker Analysis 
Dr. Harumi Jyonouchi is conducting research to characterize a previously unidentified inflammatory subtype of autism to improve autism treatment options. Individuals aged 1-30 years with autism and also typically developing individuals are invited to participate.

Email the research team for more information or to find out if your child is eligible [email protected]
Adults 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.

Learn More and take the survey

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
Experts praise Understanding and Treating Self-Injurious Behavior in ASD
"An essential resource"
Temple Grandin, author of Thinking in Pictures and The Autistic Brain


"This book is long overdue."   

Laurie Mawlam, Executive Director, Autism Canada


"... a 'must read' book for all practitioners who interact with families affected by autism.  

David G. Amaral, Ph.D., Research Director, The MIND Institute



"Highly recommended for clinicians who care for persons with such behaviors and for researchers interested in learning diverse perspectives on the field."

Marvin Natowicz, MD, PhD, Clinical Geneticist, Clinical Pathologist Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Institute, Cleveland Clinic Cleveland, OH


"This immensely valuable book guides us through multiple potential target etiologies of self-injurious behavior for effective treatment. I whole-heartedly recommend it!"

Robert L. Hendren, D.O., Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco


Learn More and Buy the Book  
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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Medical Talks - Translations
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
At ARI, advocacy, education, research, and webinars for parents, individuals with autism, and clinicians 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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