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Research that Makes a Difference for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
April 2017 Research News & Updates
This weekend advocates around the world will observe the 10th annual World Autism Awareness Day, working to increase knowledge about autism and encourage early diagnosis and intervention. As a research organization we welcome this annual opportunity to bring autism to the forefront and we observe April's autism events by taking action. In the weeks to come we will support the research community through our annual think tank and share resources internationally for families, persons with autism, and professionals, in person and online.

This year's observance of Autism Awareness Month is particularly poignant for all of us at ARI as we reflect on our five decades of research. We continue to urge an ambitious research agenda with the goal of improving the lives of persons with autism spectrum disorder and look forward to learning about emerging scientific discoveries and disseminating what we find in days to come.


Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Autism Research Institute
Autism Research News & Updates
Mimicry may aid facial emotion recognition
Asking individuals with autistic traits to mimic the facial expressions of others may improve their ability to recognize emotions, a new study indicates.  
Reduced asymmetry in ASD may lead to weak central coherence

The hemispheres of the brain may be less specialized in individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) than in neurotypical individuals, a new study indicates.
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Folinic acid boosts verbal skills in some children with ASD
A new study reports that supplementation with folinic acid, a form of the B vitamin folate, may improve the verbal communication skills of certain children with autism.
Some of the research articles above also appear in a recent issue of ARI's Autism Research Review International newsletter.  
News from ARI
ARI Will Host Their Annual Think Tank Later this Month
Highly respected researchers and clinicians gather each April at the Autism Research Institute's annual Think Tank to discuss critical questions about autism. The meeting is a cornerstone of our work, facilitated by ARI's Scientific Advisory Board and made possible through generous donor support. Learn More

ARI Director returns to Moscow in late April

For the past few years, Dr. Edelson traveled to Moscow to co-chair a three-day conference on autism.

This year he returns with expert speakers from the United States to help organize the International Research and Practical Conference III: Autism, Challenges, and Solutions, scheduled for April 26-28th. Speakers joining ARI's contigent include Drs. Susan Swedo, Judy Van de Water, Margaret Bauman, and William Parker.
A lifetime of investigation: Explore ARI's 50-year timeline
In 1967, Dr. Bernard Rimland established the Autism Research Institute (ARI) in San Diego. Dr. Rimland was the first person to denounce the theory that autism was caused by a lack of maternal love, hypothesizing instead an underlying biological impairment. 

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, ARI's 50-year history is summarized in a new anniversary booklet, online now in PDF format at 
Tune in for free Webinars
Jeanna Hill, M.S., CCLS
April 4: Strategies for Inclusion
Beyond the Classroom: Strategies for Businesses & Communities to Accommodate, Support, and Encourage Inclusion. Tune in at 1 p.m. Eastern Time, (US) on Tuesday, April 4th.    

Register: Inclusion Webinar
*Presented in partnership with The Johnson Center for Child Health & Development.   
Judy Van de Water, Ph.D.
April 12: Immunological Issues in ASD
Research Updates: Immunological Issues in ASD - Gestational Influences.  Tune in at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time, (US) on Wednesday, April 12th.         

Register: Immunological Issues in ASD
Presented by Judy Van de Water, PhD, researcher at the University of California, Davis
Wendy Richardson
April 18: Internet Safety
Parents and Privacy: Considerations on the digital footprint we create for our children. Tune in at 1 p.m. Eastern Time, (US) on Tuesday, April18th. 
*Presented in partnership with The Johnson Center for Child Health & Development.  
Research updates on transcranial magnetic stimulation for ASD
"Research updates on transcranial magnetic stimulation for ASD"
Watch past ARI webinars online for free
Did you miss last week's webinar with Dr. Richard Frye? It's not too late - watch the playback and take the knowledge quiz.

Check out our entire library on YouTube
2017 webinar schedule - sign up for future webinars

ARI webinars are made possible through generous donor support. Donate now to support this important free service for parents and professionals. Give now
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.

Share your experience - take the survey
Free Online Continuing Medical Education
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.

Gain expert insight about behavioral improvement that can be achieved when underlying comorbid medical, neurological, gastrointestinal and sleep issues are addressed.

Additional CME webcasts are planned for release later in 2017 - be sure to subscribe and watch for updates at 
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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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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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