Research that Makes a Difference for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
December 2018 Research News & Updates
Dear ARI subscriber,

The holiday season provides a framework for us to sit back and appreciate family and share with others. During these times, please don't forget to support nonprofits, such as ARI, who rely primarily on the generosity of those who can afford to make such contributions.
At ARI we continue to look for common ground for collaboration, and we spearhead efforts to accelerate progress in autism research and education worldwide. To learn more, review our accomplishments for 2018 as well as a current list of ARI-funded research projects
Sending everyone best wishes during this joyous season.
Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Autism Research Institute
Autism Research News & Updates
Follow-up study: microbiota transfer therapy's behavior, GI benefits still evident after two years 

A new study reports that the positive behavioral and gastrointestinal (GI) changes seen in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) following fecal transplants appear to be lasting.
U.S., Finnish researchers implicate insecticide DDT in autism
Children with elevated exposure before birth to the insecticide DDT have increased rates of autism, according to a large-scale, multinational study.

Some of the research articles above also appear in a recent issue of ARI's Autism Research Review International newsletter.  
News From ARI
ARI's accomplishments in 2018

Funding innovative research providing the latest science-based information for people of all ages on the spectrum is our focus at ARI. In 2018 we did so through our annual think tank, in-person and online educational events and courses, and free webinars, and by funding the studies that hold the most promise for making a difference in the lives of people with autism. ARI continues to pioneer research, outreach, and cooperative efforts with other organizations worldwide. 

Research ARI funded in 2018

The Autism Research Institute (ARI) conducts, sponsors, and supports research on the underlying causes of, and treatments for, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs).  In order to provide parents and professionals with an independent, unbiased assessment of causal and treatment efficacy issues, ARI seeks no financial support from government agencies or drug manufacturers.

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Upcoming webinar: Autism Research: What have we learned this year?
A review of the advances in understanding made in 2018. 
Presented by Laura Hewitson, PhD
This webinar is offered in partnership with our friends at The Johnson Center for Child Health and Development
Upcoming Webinar: Aging and ASD
Psychologist, lecturer and author, Wenn Lawson, Ph.D.presents insights on aging and ASD.
This webinar is made possible in part by a generous grant from Local 25, Boston Teamsters. 
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CME Webcasts: anxiety, immunological issues - new talks set for early 2019

The health of children and adults with autism can be improved by clinicians knowledgeable about the medical etiologies associated with this complex disorder. Watch for new talks early next year on psychopharmacology and genetic factors in ASD. 
CME Webcasts - Part 1 - extended Metabolic and gastrointestinal   View & print flyer  
Watch Part 2 Archives   Sleep issues, tips for compassionate care featuring Dr. Temple Grandin and more Embed and Share  
Immunological Issues and Anxiety
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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 than girls is related to differences in intestinal bacteria.  
We are seeking families to participate in this study who have boy and girl siblings with autism.  These families 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.

The Hartwell Foundation Kids First Subtype Survey
Survey questions are simple, focused on basic behavioral and medical information and can be completed in about 10 minutes. Results will be shared confidentially with all survey participants. 
The collected data will provide a unique opportunity for researchers to begin classification of ASD, and as new categories are identified, the effort will expand to more sophisticated requests for information.   
For additional information, please visit the research study website and when asked, enter ARI as your referral code

Microbiota Transplant Therapy for Adults with Autism 
To study a new, investigational treatment to reduce gut and stomach problems in adults with autism.  
For additional information, please visit the research study website 
The UCSD Newborn Screening Autism Risk Study
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego are seeking participants born in California, currently aged 3-6 with and without autism.
"Can newborn screening (NBS) results be used to predict the future risk of ASD before the first symptoms appear?" This is the question we will try to answer in this study. Your participation will allow us to go back in time, to analyze the results of your child's California State NBS tests that were performed at birth. No new samples are required.
For additional information, please visit the research study website or contact the Naviaux Lab at [email protected] or call 619-884-8021.
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

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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.

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