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Monthly News | October 2020


October has been a busy and exciting month for us all at ARI with our competitive research grant awards underway. I wish to thank all of the applicants, reviewers, and the ARI Scientific Advisory Panel for their ongoing work on this critical initiative in the midst of the pandemic, and extend my congratulations to this year's recipients. We are posting approved grants on our website now and will continue announcing the award winners over the next few weeks.

In case you missed it: late last month, we released a new multidisciplinary book titled Understanding and Treating Anxiety in Autism, which is now available for purchase through Jessica Kingsley Press and
Researchers and families are counting on us now more than ever to support the health and well-being of people affected by autism through innovative, impactful research and education. We appreciate any and all support you can contribute to our research grant program and online resources.
Please stay safe and healthy.

Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D.
Executive Director
ARI News
2020 ARI Research Grants Announced
Autism research must continue despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are pleased to share our 2020 research grant recipients starting now and continuing over the next few weeks. Learn more
New Book on Anxiety in Autism
A new book, Understanding and Treating Anxiety in Autism, is now available from Jessica Kingsley Publishers and on The book is edited by ARI’s executive director, Stephen M. Edelson, and past ARI Board member, Jane B. Johnson, and consists of chapters written by leading experts in the autism field. Understanding and Treating Anxiety in Autism summarizes the current perspectives and research on anxiety, including neurological, medical, immunological, gastrointestinal, nutritional, sensory, and behavioral concerns.
Online This Month at
ARI’s New Global Network
Earlier this year, ARI began networking parent support groups worldwide. The goal is to improve communication among support groups and to inform the international community of the current state of the science regarding the underlying biology of ASD, as well as evidence-based treatments. If you are a representative of a parent network group, please email our outreach coordinator. Please include your website address and/or a brief summary of your mission.
Research Updates
Cells that line blood vessels implicated in one form of autism
A new study implicates defects in endothelial cells—the cells that line blood vessels—as a cause of behavioral symptoms in individuals with a gene disorder linked to autism. In the study, Baptiste Lacoste and his team (including first author Julie Ouellette) studied mice with a 16p11.2 deletion, which is one of the most common genetic mutations seen in individuals with ASD. In addition, they studied cells derived from the tissue of humans with ASD who have this mutation.
More evidence of GI issues reported in kids with ASD
A new study adds to evidence that gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms are common in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and can contribute to behavior, sleep, and attention problems.
SYNCHRONY 2020 ONLINE: International Symposium on Translational Research in Autism
Are you a primary care provider for individuals with autism? Primary care physicians, advance practice nurses, and physician assistants are invited to participate in online sessions focused on research and treatment for those with autism.
Free Webinar 10/28:
Social Skills and ASD
Learn strategies for increasing social skills through motivational techniques, cognitive behavioral strategies, exercises, relaxation & mindfulness. Presented by Jed Baker, Ph.D., of the Social Skills Training Project.
Free Webinar 11/18:
Telehealth Strategies for Early Intervention
Learn about how the telehealth Early Start Denver Model looks to parents and caregivers as partners to support individuals with autism. Presented by Laurie Vismara, PhD, author of An Early Start for Your Child with Autism.
COVID-19 resources and coping stories
Have you seen our new back-to-school online social story? Download your free copy now on our COVID-19 Resource page.
Coping with COVID-19: ARI's Live Webinars, Social Stories Help Families Cope

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