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

Dear ARI subscriber,

We are busy working on numerous projects these days. Some of them include preparing for five webinars this month, organizing the sixth annual international autism conference in Moscow (April 19-21), and preparing for our annual think tank in Dallas next month.
As many of you know, the Autism Research Institute (ARI) provides pilot funding for research that has the potential to develop into extramurally funded, scientifically significant research projects, and we recently posted ARI's research application form on our website.  Note: Applicants must be affiliated with a research institution to be considered for a grant.

Next month we will release a think tank report on aging in autism. The report focuses on relevant and important issues faced by seniors with autism, their family members, and the professional community.  The report is co-sponsored with Autism Canada and the Pacific Autism Family Network in Vancouver, B.C. 

Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Autism Research Institute
Autism Research News & Updates
Prenatal vitamins may reduce autism risk 
Mothers who take prenatal nutritional supplements may reduce the risk that their children will have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with intellectual disability, a new international study reports.
Researchers explore effects of Kctd13 deletion and possible drug treatments

Researchers are exploring two potential treatments for autism linked to deletion of a gene called Kctd13.
New research points to role of RCrusI in autism symptoms, hints at possible treatment

New research reveals that a specific part of the cerebellum plays a key role in autism spectrum disorders (ASD), and suggests that neuromodulation of this area may help treat the social deficits of individuals with the condition.
Some of the research articles above also appear in a recent issue of ARI's Autism Research Review International newsletter.  
News from ARI
Research professionals: ARI research grant application online

The Autism Research Institute conducts, sponsors and supports research on the underlying causes of and treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Our grant application is now online and we are currently accepting applications from qualified research professionals.
Learn More
New research using ARI's ATEC survey
A new paper released this week in the journal Children describes the potential use of the Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC) for psychometric evaluations in longitudinal studies. This paper is available online here.
The ATEC was developed nearly 20 years ago by ARI's Bernard Rimland and Stephen M. Edelson.

The ATEC is a one-page form designed to be completed by parents, teachers, or caretakers. It is available free on our website and has been translated into 20 different languages. Learn more about the ATEC.

Own a piece of history: Bid for Infantile Autism 

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. We are auctioning signed copies per his wishes as a fundraiser to support ARI.  

 Free Webinar Later This Month
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Emotional Regulation and ASD Carla Mazefsky, Ph.D.
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ARI webinars are made possible through generous donor support including a generous grant from Local 25 Boston Teamsters.
Donate now to support this important free service for parents and professionals.
Upcoming webinar: March 28th - Teasing, Bullying and Cyberbullying

Join Aarti Nair, Ph.D. of the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior for this talk on teasing/bullying/cyberbullying in teens diagnosed with ASD
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
Siblings needed for research study: Why are boys more likely to have an autism spectrum disorder?
Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and the Autism Research Institute are investigating whether the reason why boys are more affected is related to differences in intestinal bacteria.  
Participants in this study will be mailed stool kits with instructions and will be asked to collect samples. A brief medical history will be taken.  
For additional information, please contact Harland Winter, MD at [email protected] or call 617-724-2004.
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
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