Research that Makes a Difference for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
October 2016 Research News & Updates

Emerging research on evidence-based treatments is always an important focus at ARI, and I wish to share news of a new study on the efficacy of Auditory Integration Therapy (AIT). This therapy has always been an interest of mine, and was of interest to my mentor Dr. Rimland.  I have written an editorial on this compelling new research for the upcoming issue of Autism Research Review International - you can preview the article here. I urge the scientific community to take another look at this potentially beneficial intervention.

Families living with autism everywhere are tuning in to ARI's free online webinars - we are proud to help people worldwide by providing access to top speakers on the topics you want to learn more about. We are planning our talks for 2017 now - if there is a topic you hope we will cover, please take a moment to let us know with our brief online webinar survey.

Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Autism Research Institute
Autism Research News & Updates
Individuals with ASD Have More Oncogene mutations, Less Cancer   

Individuals with autism have an elevated number of mutations in genes associated with cancer but are less likely than other people to develop the disease, a new study reports.

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High Maternal Folate, B12 Linked to Risk

Very high plasma levels of maternal folate and vitamin B12 are associated with an increased risk for autism in children, a new study suggests.

Read More 
Updates on PANS & PANDAS - Dr. Susan Swedo at the NIMH

Watch Dr. Susan Swedo's recent ARI Webinar presentation on the subset of individuals experiencing Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder symptoms who are affected by PANDAS and PANS.

Watch here 
Some of the research articles above also appear in a recent issue of ARI's Autism Research Review International newsletter.  
Free Webinar Next Week: Environmental Factors & ASD
Webinar: Research updates on evidence implicating environmental factors in the pathogenesis of ASD

Tune in for this discussion of the evidence that environmental factors contribute to ASD risk and the challenges researchers face in identifying how chemicals may interact with genetic mechanisms to increase autism risk.    

Date: 1 p.m. Eastern, Wednesday, Oct. 13
Presenter: Pam Lein, Ph.D. of the UC Davis MIND Institute

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Watch and share free online lectures by top experts on a wide range of topics.
Watch past webinars & register for future talks

Tell us what you want to see: take our 2017 webinar survey.
We are grateful to our friends at the Johnson Center for Child Health & Development for working in partnership to offer presentations throughout the year. 
Participate in Research
Study Participants 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.
Contact the Study Investigators
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 experience - 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 ASD."    

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


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
Coming Soon: Share Your Memories
Help Us Tell the Story of 50 Years of Research That Makes a Difference

The year to come brings a major milestone for ARI - 2017 will mark our fifth decade of autism research. 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! Here's to remembering and looking forward together.

Watch for your email for our invitation in the weeks to come - we can't wait to hear your stories. 
At ARI, advocacy, education, research, and webinars for parents, individuals with autism, and clinicians continues year round.  It's never too late to give!     
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