Ann Griswold

News Writer, Spectrum

Ann Griswold writes for Spectrum and reports on breaking autism research news from conferences around the world. Ann covers all aspects of autism research, but is based in San Francisco with a primary focus on news from the West Coast.

Before joining the foundation in 2015, Ann covered research for the College of American Pathologists and other organizations. She previously worked as communications director for the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, where she edited news and research summaries, pitched articles to media outlets and interviewed scientists for podcasts and profiles.

Ann has a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from the University of Florida and an M.S. in science journalism from the Johns Hopkins University.

January 2017
Tour guide: A protein associated with autism (red) escorts RNA molecules across developing brain cells.

In immature brain cells, RNAs hitch ride with fragile X protein

by  /  18 January 2017

A clue to the origins of autism may exist among the molecules that transport RNA in the developing brain.

Basic biology:  Different genetic variants contribute to autism risk in boys versus girls. Alfred Pasieka / Science Photo Library

Some autism risk may arise from sex-specific traits

by  /  11 January 2017

Genetic variants that shape physical features that vary with sex, such as waist-to-hip ratio, may alter autism risk.

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Long view: Children who lose their autism diagnosis early in life may benefit from continued psychiatric care. Lynn Koenig / Getty Images

Compulsions, anxiety replace autism in some children

by  /  2 January 2017

Most children who lose their autism diagnosis develop related psychiatric conditions.

December 2016
Illustration by Bee Johnson
Features / Special Reports / 2016: Year in review

For autism researchers, mundane moments spark ‘Eureka’ insights

26 December 2016

Autism researchers reflect on the unusual episodes that spawned significant scientific projects.

Illustration by Julia Yellow

Mutations in mitochondria genes may raise autism risk

by  /  22 December 2016

Some children with autism carry harmful mutations in the DNA found in mitochondria, the cell’s energy producers.

Illustration by Jasu Hu
Opinion / Q&A

Questions for Joshua Gordon: Circuit solutions for autism

by  /  13 December 2016

The new director of the National Institute of Mental Health says work on brain circuits may yield treatments for autism.

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Telling traits: Children with Sotos syndrome have distinct facial features.

Autism features common in people with rare genetic syndrome

by  /  7 December 2016

More than 80 percent of people with Sotos syndrome show signs of autism, such as social anxiety and restricted interests.

Photo by Anna Mirgos
News / Toolbox

Cozy cage offers natural setting for mice to socialize

by  /  6 December 2016

New cages for mice mimic the animals’ natural burrows, providing a realistic environment for studies of social behavior.

November 2016
Pregnant woman on scale

Maternal obesity, genetics may cooperate to up autism risk

by  /  24 November 2016

Women who are overweight or obese when pregnant increase their risk of having a child who is later diagnosed with autism by about 30 percent.

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Up close: Researchers can isolate and examine single neurons from the human nasal cavity.Lauren Shear / Science Source

New tool takes rapid genetic snapshot of people’s neurons

by  /  17 November 2016

A new approach quickly captures an individual’s gene expression pattern at the level of a single neuron.


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