Research that Makes a Difference for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
February 2019 Research News & Updates
Dear ARI subscriber,
Much is planned for the next few months, starting with our updated website, which is set to launch soon. We also look forward to hosting our 25th annual think tank, recruiting speakers for the seventh annual international conference in Moscow, coordinating an edited book on anxiety in autism, and much more. One way to keep up-to-date with the latest research in autism is to subscribe to ARI's Autism Research Review International printed newsletter. Download a complimentary copy of a recent edition here. You can also subscribe to the ARRI here.

Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Autism Research Institute
Autism Research News & Updates
Psychotropic drugs frequently prescribed for people with ASD

There are no approved drugs for autism's core features, so doctors may be prescribing psychotropic drugs for off-label use, researchers say.
Multi-pronged nutritional intervention leads to improved IQ, developmental skills in ASD

A long-term, multifaceted nutritional intervention for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) may lead to significant improvements in IQ, ASD symptoms, and developmental skills, according to a new study.
Study identifies immune, GI differences in children with ASD
A new study reports that children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms have alterations in immune system regulation and gut microbiota.

Some of the research articles above also appear in a recent issue of ARI's Autism Research Review International newsletter.  
News From ARI
New ARI Website Coming in 2019
We are pleased to announce big plans for our website in 2019 as we plan a new, improved ARI site. We can't wait to share our new look and user-friendly upgrades in the months to come.
April Meeting Marks 25th Anniversary of ARI's Think Tank
Since 1995, The Autism Research Institute has convened top experts at its annual scientific think tanks to discuss issues related to promising treatments and intervention. This April marks 25 years of discussion and debate with a commitment to following the science wherever it leads.
February Free Webinars
Translational Research on Biomedical Interventions for Autism, presented by Robert Hendren, D.O.
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ARI webinars are made possible through generous donor support, including a grant from Local 25 Boston Teamsters
Mood and ASD: Nutritional Strategies for Anxiety and Depression
Vicki Kobliner MS, RDN is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist with years of expertise in applying a functional approach to nutrition.
This webinar is made possible in part by a generous grant from Local 25, Boston Teamsters. 
*The Ketogenic Diet and ASD

Kelly Barnhill, MBA, CN, CCN, is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist, with more than a decade of experience working with nutrition in children with autism and related disorders. 
*This webinar is presented in partnership with the Johnson Center for Child Health and Development
Complimentary Continuing Education
CME Webcasts: Anxiety, Immunological Issues - New Talks Set for 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 later this 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

Openings for a study on treating gut problems in adults with autism.
To study a new treatment to reduce gut and stomach problems in adults with autism.
For additional information, please visit the research study website 
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.

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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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