Dr. Tom Insel Joins ASF Board of Directors
 
ASF President Alison Singer with Dr. Tom Insel at the Mindstrong Health office in Palo Alto, CA.
Former NIMH Director Dr. Thomas R. Insel, president and co-founder of Mindstrong Health, has joined the board of directors of the Autism Science Foundation.

"Tom is one of the world's leading authorities in neuroscience and has been a strong and respected voice advocating for excellence and urgency in the field of autism research," said Alison Singer, president and co-founder of the Autism Science Foundation. "His insight has been invaluable as a member of our SAB, and we are delighted that he will be playing an expanded role in helping to chart the course for our organization and its research agenda."

Most recently, Dr. Insel co-founded Mindstrong Health, an innovative startup that is redefining behavioral healthcare by developing technologies to diagnose and treat brain disorders. Its technology will give patients and providers a method to objectively and continuously measure mood, cognition, and behavior both at home and at work, delivering insights not possible with traditional clinical, neuropsychological, and imaging techniques.

"I am pleased to take on this new role as an ASF board member because I support the mission and the results-oriented approach of this impressive organization," said Dr. Insel. "This is an exciting time for ASF as it continues to expand its influence and deepen its reputation as a critical funder of innovative autism research and I am thrilled to be a part of it."
  
Share Your Thoughts about Employment Issues

Autism Science Foundation has partnered with Stony Brook University, Karolinska Institute in Sweden and Curtin University in Australia to write the first policy brief on employment needs in people with autism with a multinational perspective.  We expect that this could have an enormous impact on federal and state laws, as well as policies for employers, vocational rehab programs and research funding. 

We need your input, perspective and guidance on the needs of different areas of the community.  Individuals with ASD, parents, service providers, researchers and employers are invited to complete a survey on their experience.  Your input will make a difference!

Please click HERE to fill out the survey.  We look forward to sharing the results and the policy brief with you in the future.  Thank you to the International Society for Autism Research for its support of this project.

Apply Now for 2018 Pre-doctoral, Postdoctoral and 
Medical School Gap Year Fellowships
Deadline:  December 1, 2017

We are now inviting applications for ASF's next round of Pre- and Postdoctoral Training Awards and Medical School Gap Year Research Training Awards from graduate students, medical students and postdoctoral fellows interested in pursuing careers in basic and clinical research relevant to autism spectrum disorders.  The full Request for Applications can be found here:    http://autismsciencefoundation.org/what-we-fund/apply-for-a-fellowship/    

Portrayals of Autism on TV Don't Showcase Full Spectrum
Read new Op/Ed by ASF President on Spectrum News

If you're a fan of either of two new television shows that debuted in the United States this September "Atypical" on the streaming service Netflix or "The Good Doctor" on ABC - I've got news for you. You're watching an overly positive depiction of autism that doesn't reflect reality for the majority of people on the spectrum.

Welcome to our new Community Relations Manager!

Mahir Rahman has joined ASF as Community Relations Manager.  He is a recent graduate of Yale College where he conducted research on autism treatments and etiology at the Yale Child Study Center with ASF SAB members Dr. Kevin Pelphrey and Dr. James McPartland.  Mahir also conducted autism research at Seoul National University College of Medicine.  Mahir graduated with a BS from Yale with distinction in the neuroscience track of psychology. You can reach him at mrahman@autismsciencefoundation.org.   Welcome Mahir!
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