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Research that Makes a Difference for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
January 2018 Research News & Updates

Dear ARI subscriber,

As the new year begins, I'm reflecting on the widespread support from the autism community we received in 2017. As we head into this new year, ARI continues to be on the forefront of autism education and research thanks to your appreciation for the unique role we serve. This year - as always - we will continue our commitment to follow the science wherever it leads.

Your continued interest and support grants us the opportunity to conduct and fund much-needed research while disseminating trusted information. I am humbled by the generous support we received and deeply grateful for the sincere efforts so many continue put forth to work on our common goal: improving the quality of life for those affected by autism.   

Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Autism Research Institute
Autism Research News & Updates
Low brain pH may play a role in autism, other conditions

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and psychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder may involve an acid/alkaline imbalance in the brain, according to a new study.
Intensive early intervention saves money, study confirms

Intensive early intervention for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is highly cost-effective, a new study reports.
Kids with ASD have hypermasculine faces

Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) appear to have more masculine facial features than neurotypical children, a new study reports.
Some of the research articles above also appear in a recent issue of ARI's Autism Research Review International newsletter.  
Signed Copies of Infantile Autism
Own a Piece of History: Signed Copies of Infantile Autism Coming in February
Mark Autism Awareness Month this April for somebody special with this extraordinary gift
ARI founder Dr. Bernard Rimland's groundbreaking book Infantile Autism (published in 1964) debunked the shameful theory that autism was caused by bad parenting. Dr. Rimland provided a number of copies of the book with signature stickers affixed inside. Next month we will be auctioning copies per his wishes as a fundraiser to support ARI. Watch your inbox for next month's enews for details on how to obtain a copy. 
 Free Webinars Resume January 10th
Sleep Issues in ASD - September 2017 Webinar
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Presented by David Beversdorf, M.D.
Upcoming Webinar: Jan 10th - Stress Linked to Gastrointestinal Issues in Children with Autism

Researchers suggest that the gastrointestinal issues in some individuals with autism may be related to an increased reaction to stress. Learn about treatments this research finding may point to. Register
This webinar is made possible in part by a generous grant from Local 25, Boston Teamsters.
Presented by Jamie DeWitt, Ph.D.
Upcoming Webinar: Jan 24th - Environmental triggers of underlying neuroimmune susceptibilities

Environmental, genetic, and epigenetic factors all play a role in determining the risk of autism. Learn about critical windows of developmental vulnerability and under what circumstances a child is at elevated risk for autism. Register
This webinar is made possible in part by a generous grant from Local 25, Boston Teamsters.
Complimentary Continuing Education
CME Webcasts: Anxiety, Immunological Issues in ASD

The health of children and adults with autism can be improved by clinicians knowledgeable about the medical 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  
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 experienced by 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
Moving Forward in 2018

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