Research that Makes a Difference for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
March 2017 Research News & Updates
March is always an exciting month of preparation at ARI and this year is no exception. Autism Awareness month kicks off April 1st and ARI's team plans to host its annual scientific think tank, provide live online webinars, and release new continuing education talks for physicians. I am also pleased to be returning to Moscow April 26-28th with a contingent of ARI-sponsored expert speakers for the International Research and Practical Conference. 

For 50 years our work has influenced how researchers approach questions regarding the cause of and effective treatments for autism spectrum disorders.  A particularly moving aspect of preparing for this year's 50th anniversary celebration is writing our organization's timeline from its early days to now. Later this month we will be sharing ARI's unique story with the autism community in print and online. Watch your inbox or follow us on social media to join in this recognition of ARI's work supporting research and promising treatments for persons with autism over the past five decades.

We know you will hear from many autism organizations in the weeks to come. If you plan to make a pledge or donation, please keep ARI on your list.   


Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Autism Research Institute
Autism Research News & Updates
Children conceived in winter more likely to receive ASD diagnosis
Autism rates are highest among children conceived in the winter months, according to a large-scale study conducted in Scotland.  
Elevated rate of celiac disease seen in ASD
Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) may have a higher-than-typical rate of celiac disease (CD), a new study from Italy suggests.
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Individuals with autism are good candidates for epilepsy surgery
A new study reports that "epilepsy surgery in patients with autism is feasible, with no indication that the comorbidity of autism should preclude a good outcome."
Some of the research articles above also appear in a recent issue of ARI's Autism Research Review International newsletter.  
Tune in for this Month's Webinars
Amanda Tami, LPC, BCBA
March 7: Using Self Management
This presentation will discuss research and methods to help students increase true skill development and independence using self-management strategies. Tune in at 1 p.m. Eastern Time, (US) on Tuesday, March 7th.    

Register: Self-Management Webinar
*Presented in partnership with The Johnson Center for Child Health & Development.   
Lauren Moskowitz, Ph.D.
March 15: Live Q&A: Anxiety and OCD in ASD
Have a question about self-injury that you would like to ask an expert? Join Dr. Lauren Moskowitz as she answers questions about anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders in ASD. Special time: Tune in at 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time, (US) on Wednesday, March 15th.         
Lindsay Oberman, PhD
March 22: Research Updates on TMS
For more than 20 years, researchers have been studying TMS as a potential therapy for a number of neurological and psychiatric conditions. Join Dr. Lindsay Oberman for this presentation on the latest research findings and updates. Tune in at 1 p.m. Eastern Time, (US) on Wednesday, March 22nd. 
*Presented in partnership with The Johnson Center for Child Health & Development.  
Claire Schutte,  PsyD, BCBA-D
March 28: Navigating Transition
The journey from adolescence to adulthood is exciting and complicated, with unique challenges for people with autism and related disorders. This webinar will focus on some of those challenges and strategies to assist during this critical time. Tune in at 1 p.m. Eastern Time, (US) on Tuesday, March 28th.     
*Presented in partnership with The Johnson Center for Child Health & Development.  
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   
Folate Metabolism, Mitochondrial Disease and ASD
Folate Metabolism, Mitochondrial Disease and ASD
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Opportunities to Participate in Research
Epilepsy, Endocrine Disorders, & Immune Dysregulation in Adult Women with ASD 
Are you an adult woman 25 years of age or older who has an Autism Spectrum Disorder or her legal guardian? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a survey study designed to better understand co-occurring medical conditions in women on the spectrum.
Parent Training Program Study
Dr. Lauren Moskowitz, a frequent ARI webinar presenter on challenging behaviors and anxiety, is seeking participants in a research study on the effectiveness of a group parent training program for parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities (DD). Parents in the New York City or Long Island area are invited to participate.
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.

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Watch Complimentary Autism CME Webcasts - More to Come
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.

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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 honor this milestone that will keep our work moving forward for years to come.

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