Research that Makes a Difference for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
July 2017 Research News & Updates
If you are planning to visit the San Diego area this summer, you are welcome to stop by our office to say "hello." It's best to call first to schedule a meeting time: 619.281.7165.
We are mid-year in celebrating ARI's 50th anniversary.  If you haven't yet had a chance to read our commemorative booklet, please visit: We would appreciate it if you would share this link with others.
Parents and professionals often ask me how I think the autism field should progress in the near future in order to make a significant step forward.  You can read my recent editorial on this topic here. 
Did you know that ARI publishes a bi-monthly e-newsletter called Clinical Research in Autism for obstetricians, pediatricians, and nurses? The e-newsletter contains links to relevant research published in peer-reviewed journals. You can subscribe to the free enewsletter as well as read past issues here.
Wishing everyone a peaceful and restful summer season. 

Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Autism Research Institute
Autism Research News & Updates
Cord blood infusions pass first test as treatment for ASD
Researchers conducting a phase one trial to investigate the safety of autologous cord blood infusions as a treatment for autism spectrum disorders (ASD) report that the procedure appears safe and may result in significant improvements in behavior. 
Study offers more support for protective effects of vitamin D
Additional evidence that adequate maternal vitamin D may protect offspring from autism comes from a study by Australian researchers.
Metabolites in blood can predict autism diagnosis
An algorithm based on levels of metabolites in the blood can predict whether a child has autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with a remarkable degree of accuracy, a new study reports.

Some of the research articles above also appear in a recent issue of ARI's Autism Research Review International newsletter.  
News from ARI
Tell us what you think: c
omplete our survey for a chance to win 
We are conducting a survey to find out more about how we can best reach the community we serve. We want to know what you think. The first 100 participants to complete our ARI interest survey will receive a free copy of Nutritional Supplement Use for Autism Spectrum Disorders by Jon Pangborn, PhD. Complete the survey by August 30, 2017, and you'll be entered in a drawing to win a $50 gift card. 
A lifetime of investigation: Explore ARI's 50-year timeline
In 1967, Dr. Bernard Rimland established the Autism Research Institute (ARI) in San Diego. ARI's 50-year history is summarized in a new anniversary booklet, online now in PDF format at
Tune in for Free Webinars
Presented by Kelly Barnhill, MBA, CN, CCN and Amanda Tami, LPC, BCBA
July 27: Feeding Q & A: Beyond the Basics
Join us Thursday, July 27, as we answer your questions and expand on multi-disciplinary options for behavioral, dietary, and nutritional support in a feeding program.   
*This webinar presented in partnership with The Johnson Center for Child Health & Development

Presented by David Beversdorf, M.D. 
August 2: Effect of Propranolol on Functional Connectivity  
University of Missouri researchers have found that propranolol - a medication commonly used to treat high blood pressure and irregular heartbeats - may have the potential to improve some social functions of individuals with autism. 
Watch past ARI webinars online for free
GI issues & ASD Serotonin as a Potential Brain Gut Link
GI issues & Serotonin as a Potential Brain-Gut Link

Did you miss last month's webinar GI issues & ASD: Serotonin as a Potential Brain-Gut Link with Kara Gross Margolis, M.D.? It's not too late - watch the playback for free online now.
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
Resiliency Program for Parents of Children with ASD
Massachusetts General Hospital's Parental Stress Study is offering a video conferencing program to teach resiliency to parents who have children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The program will be 8 weeks long, and meet once a week for 1.5 hours. Please contact the Study investigators if you have any questions.
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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