Research that Makes a Difference for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
January 2017 Research News & Updates
As you might know by now, we have just begun celebrating our golden anniversary year (1967-2017). Throughout our 50-year history, we have been actively involved in almost every major issue regarding autism, and we have been instrumental in finding answers and sharing solutions with the autism community.
You can count on us to keep you informed of the latest developments in the field through our popular website,, our near-weekly webinars, our science newsletter, our e-newsletters, our daily "Did you know's," and much more.
We will continue to focus all our efforts on making a difference in the lives of those on the autism spectrum and their families.
Happy New Year! 

Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Autism Research Institute
Autism Research News & Updates
Folic acid associated with better response to structured teaching
Children with autism who took supplemental folic acid while participating in a TEACCH-style structured educational program showed greater improvement than children who did not take the nutrient, a study from China reports.
Pilot study: no link detected between mycotoxins, ASD
Exposure to mycotoxins, which are environmental contaminants produced by fungi, can cause developmental and neurological problems. However, a recent pilot study found no association between mycotoxin exposure and autism.
Voice recognition impaired in ASD

Individuals with high-functioning autism (HFA) have difficulty processing voices, a new study from Germany indicates.
Long-term oxytocin use may damage DNA
While research indicates that administering the hormone oxytocin to individuals with autism may promote social behavior, a new study raises concerns about its safety.

Some of the research articles above also appear in a recent issue of ARI's Autism Research Review International newsletter.  
Sharing Your Stories in 2017

Last month we invited subscribers to share their stories to help us prepare for ARI's 50th Anniversary. 

From proud mom and grand prizewinner, Linda:
"My son's name is Gavin and he is 12. I snapped this picture of him because he likes the Elf on the Shelf movie - where the boy mischievously touches their family's elf. He knows not to touch our elf, Monkachita, but he does come close as you can tell from this picture."

We will keep sharing over the months to come - follow us on social media to keep up with the latest. Thanks to everyone who helped! 
Start 2017 with Free Webinars
Kelly Barnhill, MBA, CN, CCN
Jan. 12: Building Healthy Meal Plans
This talk will focus on strategies for creating healthy meals for the entire family.
Tune in at 1 p.m. Eastern Time, (US) on Thursday, Jan 12th.    

Register: Healthy Meal Plans Webinar

Presented in partnership with The Johnson Center for Child Health & Development.  
Robert L. Hendren, DO
Jan. 18: Autism Risk Factors

Improving Autism Risk Factors During the Perinatal Period
Tune in at 1 p.m. Eastern Time, (US) on Wednesday, Jan 18th.    
Pamela J. Lein, PhD
Jan. 25: Environmental Toxins & ASD

Learn what the current research says about how environmental chemicals may interact with genetic mechanisms to increase ASD risk.
Tune in at 1 p.m. Eastern Time, (US) on Wednesday, Jan 25th     
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 2017 webinar schedule   
ATEC Survey Now Available 19 Languages
ATEC Survey Now Available in Greek
Thanks to translator Loukeris Stefanos, Soulis Spiros and Katerina Antonopoulou for their work translating and editing the ATEC in Greek.

Learn More or Take the ATEC 
Opportunities to Participate in Research
Inflammatory Subtype: Biomarkers 
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.

Contact the Study Investigators
Adults: 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
Treatment Effectiveness Survey
Researchers at Arizona State University are conducting a survey to evaluate the effectiveness of treatments for autism, including medications, 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
Free Online Continuing Medical Education
Watch Complimentary Autism CME Webcasts 
The health of children and adults with autism can be improved by clinicians knowledgeable about the medical and neurological etiologies associated with this complex disorder. Gain expert insight about behavioral improvement that can be achieved when underlying comorbid medical, neurological, gastrointestinal and sleep issues are addressed. 
On Demand  
Topics Covered 
Watch Part 1  Metabolic, gastrointestinal and neurological comorbidites View & print Part 1  flyer  
Watch Part 2  Sleep issues, tips for compassionate care featuring Dr. Temple Grandin View & print Part 2 flyer  
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ARI is turning 50: We Need Your Support 

2017 marks the Autism Research Institute's 50th Anniversary... 50 years of serving the autism community through promoting research. We hope you will support #Give50ARI - a campaign to raise support in honor of this milestone to keep our work moving forward for years to come.

Donate to our "Give50ARI" campaign. Support ARI and Learn about monthly giving

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