Research that Makes a Difference for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
October 2017 Research News & Updates
Dear ARI subscriber,

In honor of our 50th anniversary (1967-2017), I recently wrote an editorial titled The Autism Research Institute: Our Standard of Excellence. The article describes how ARI's values and principles guide us in providing needed support to families and professionals in the autism community.  

We are pleased to announce the release of our latest CME webcasts, offered in joint providership with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Key presentations by expert faculty offer insight on anxiety and immunological issues in ASD.

Later this month, along with Autism Canada and the Pacific Autism Family Network, we will sponsor the first international think tank on seniors with autism (ages 50 and older) in North America. Numerous autism experts in the U.S. and Canada plan to attend this important meeting.

As you make plans for year-end giving, we hope you will consider making a donation to support our research as well as our programs, projects, and initiatives. And if you find our information relevant and useful, we would appreciate it if you would let others know about our organization.

Halloween kicks off the holiday season at the end of the month. We wish all trick-or-treaters a safe and fun-filled evening.  

Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Autism Research Institute
Autism Research News & Updates
Treating sleep apnea can improve symptoms in kids with ASD

A new study from Japan indicates that correcting obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) can significantly improve their behavior. 
Excess CSF may be early clue in autism

Excess cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in one region of the brain may be a very early marker for autism risk, a new study suggests.

Some of the research articles above also appear in a recent issue of ARI's Autism Research Review International newsletter.  
News from ARI
New CME Webcasts: Anxiety, Immunological Issues in ASD

The health of children and adults with autism can be improved by clinicians knowledgeable about the medical and etiologies associated with this complex disorder.
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  

Immunological Issues and Anxiety
 Translations  Portuguese Certificados gratuitos  
Local 25 Autism Fund Grants ARI $20k for Research, Webinars

Recently Boston Teamsters Local 25 President Sean M. O'Brien presented the Autism Research Institute with a $20,000 donation.
(from left) Autism Research Institute board members Christopher J. Flynn and Dr. Paul M. Hardy, Treasurer and Immediate Past Board Chair, with Local 25 Autism Fund board members Sean M. O'Brien, Trish DiSilva and James Donovan, Jr.  
Tune in for Free Webinars
Presented by Edward Quadros, Ph.D.
Research on Maternal Fetal Antibodies - Treatment Implications, Oct 18th

A new study suggests that folate receptor autoantibodies (FRAs) may be important in ASD and that FRA-positive children with ASD may benefit from leucovorin calcium treatment.               
Presented by Jeanna Hill, MS, CCLS
Grants, scholarships, and programs to pay for therapy and support, Oct 24th
This webinar presented in partnership with the Johnson Center for Child Health and Development.
Watch Sleep Disturbances & ASD with Beth Malow, M.D.
Watch past webinars online for free

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
Survey Takers Needed: Autism & Ehlers-Danlos/Joint Hypermobility Syndrome
Researchers at the University of South Carolina are interested in learning more about certain medical issues adults 25 years of age or older with a diagnosis of ASD and/or EDS/JHS. The online survey takes 10-15 minutes to complete.   
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.
Experiences of Children and Teens with ASD 
This is a study that will compare how children ages 11-18 with and without autism experience the world around them. 
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
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.

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

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