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.

February 2017
Features / Deep Dive

This is a story of autism in small-town America

by  /  1 February 2017

Rural living can be wonderful: community, friendly faces, a slower pace of life. But when there’s autism in the family, it can be tough.

Illustration by Julia Yellow

Autism, fragile X follow different developmental paths

by  /  1 February 2017

Children with autism show an increase in restricted interests in their preteen years that is not seen in those with fragile X syndrome.

January 2017
Tender moments: The autism gene SHANK3 (green) aids and abets a pain-sensing protein (red) in sensory neurons.

Autism gene may double as pain processor

by  /  25 January 2017

SHANK3, a leading candidate gene for autism, helps sensory neurons in mice respond to pain.

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.


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