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International Meeting for Autism Research 2015

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Rainbow connections: A normal zebrafish (shown at left) has more neurons that inhibit brain signals (green) than a fish that lacks an autism gene. [Image and caption have been updated.]Kate Turner

Hyperactive fish point to new drug treatments for autism

by  /  29 January 2016
A drug that mimics estrogen eases hyperactivity in zebrafish lacking the autism-linked gene CNTNAP2. The results highlight the potential of the tiny fish for screening autism treatments.
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Brain structure abnormalities predict repetitive behaviors

by  /  19 May 2015
Among babies who go on to receive a diagnosis of autism at age 2, alterations in brain structures forecast the severity of repetitive behaviors. The preliminary results were presented Saturday at the 2015 International Meeting for Autism Research in Salt Lake City, Utah.    
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New approach powers up search for autism genes

by  /  19 May 2015
A statistical trick can help researchers home in on subtle genetic blips that contribute to autism, according to unpublished results presented Saturday at the 2015 International Meeting for Autism Research in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Long view: The mountains and pluvial lakes surrounding the site of the 2015 International Meeting for Autism Research in Salt Lake City weren’t built overnight.
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Takeaways from IMFAR 2015

by  /  18 May 2015

Scientists and the autism community come together for the 2015 International Meeting for Autism Research in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Brain structure abnormalities in autism vary by gender

by  /  16 May 2015

A region of the brain involved in recognizing faces appears to be thinner than usual in women with autism and thicker than usual in men with the disorder. The preliminary results were presented yesterday at the 2015 International Meeting for Autism Research in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

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Primary care doctors unprepared to help adults with autism

by  /  16 May 2015

Healthcare providers in the U.S. are ill equipped to care for the growing number of adults with autism, according to unpublished results presented yesterday at the 2015 International Meeting for Autism Research in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Dispatches from IMFAR 2015

by , , ,  /  15 May 2015

These short reports from our journalists give you the inside scoop on developments at the 2015 International Meeting for Autism Research.

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Device predicts future word use in toddlers with autism

by  /  15 May 2015

An automated analysis of the speech-like sounds from 3-year-olds with autism predicts their word use four months later, according to unpublished research presented yesterday at the 2015 International Meeting for Autism Research in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Rare regressive disorder is not autism, new findings suggest

by  /  15 May 2015

Children who are diagnosed with autism after drastically and suddenly losing cognitive abilities may actually have a distinct disorder, according to data presented yesterday at the 2015 International Meeting for Autism Research in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Lopsided brain activity marks motor deficits in autism

by  /  15 May 2015

Uneven wiring in the brain’s motor circuitry predicts movement difficulties in children with autism, according to unpublished research presented yesterday at the 2015 International Meeting for Autism Research in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Brain biomarkers of autism may vary by genetic cause

by  /  15 May 2015

People with different genetic forms of autism may have distinct brain-wave signatures, according to preliminary data presented yesterday at the International Meeting for Autism Research in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

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Large study quantifies high risk of autism for ‘baby sibs’

by  /  15 May 2015

One in every five younger siblings of children with autism will end up being diagnosed with the disorder, according to the largest analysis to date of these ‘baby sibs.’

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Oxytocin sails into trials for Phelan-McDermid syndrome

by  /  14 May 2015

The hormone oxytocin is proceeding into clinical trials for people with the autism-linked disorder Phelan-McDermid syndrome, researchers revealed yesterday at the 2015 International Meeting for Autism Research in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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