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September 2015
Making waves: Brain activity patterns could signal whether a child with autism is responding to a treatment.
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Questions for James McPartland: Biomarkers for better trials

by  /  22 September 2015

A $28 million initiative aims to develop objective tools for tracking social skills in children with autism. The initiative’s leader outlines its approach.

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July 2015
Sibling rivalry: Labeling a child as a ‘baby sib’ for research purposes might affect how parents interact with him, cautions ethicist Ilina Singh.
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Questions for Ilina Singh: Ethics of ‘baby sib’ studies

by  /  14 July 2015

Researchers are studying the infant siblings of children with autism, with hopes of improving the disorder’s diagnosis and treatment. They need to recognize the risks of these ‘baby sib’ studies, cautions ethicist Ilina Singh.

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June 2015
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Questions for Ari Ne’eman: Partnering with participants

by  /  16 June 2015

Autistic adults should be partners in the research process, not just ‘subjects’ in a study, says Ari Ne’eman.

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Questions for Maureen Durkin: Understanding autism’s rise

by  /  2 June 2015

Autism is undoubtedly on the rise, but we may never be able to fully explain why, says Maureen Durkin.
 

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May 2015
Lost in translation: Lowering the levels of a complex that stalls protein synthesis prompts stems cells (green, left panel) to mature into neurons (blue, right panel) in the embryonic mouse brain.
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Questions for Miller, Kaplan: New neurons’ role in autism

by  /  12 May 2015

An autism-linked gene controls the number of neurons in the developing brain. Freda Miller and David Kaplan say the finding points to a new role for the gene in the early embryo.

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April 2015
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Questions for Katherine Rauen: Cancer pathway’s autism link

by  /  28 April 2015

Clinicians saw autism signs in children with mutations in a cancer pathway long before sequencing studies made the connection, says Katherine Rauen.

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Questions for Larry Young: Oxytocin’s promise for autism

by  /  14 April 2015

Understanding how oxytocin works in the brain will help researchers cut through the hype surrounding the infamous ‘love hormone’ and translate it into a treatment for autism, says Larry Young.

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March 2015
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Questions for Eric Klann: Translating treatments for fragile X

by  /  30 March 2015

Treatments for fragile X syndrome may be more successful if they block direct targets of the key missing protein, says Eric Klann.

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Questions for Deborah Fein: Defining ‘optimal outcome’

by  /  3 March 2015

Understanding why some children appear to outgrow their autism diagnosis may provide clues about the biology of the disorder but shouldn’t dictate treatment decisions, says Deborah Fein.

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February 2015
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Questions for Elizabeth Berry-Kravis: Measuring drug effects

by  /  17 February 2015

Drugs designed to treat fragile X syndrome have yet to show substantial benefits in people. But rather than abandon them, child neurologist Elizabeth Berry-Kravis suggests a new way to measure their effectiveness.

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