Watch All the Day of Learning Videos Online

Videos of all the presentations at our 5th Annual Day of Learning held on April 11 are now available online.  You can view them here

Topics include gender differences in autism, sleep problems in autism, the potential of medical marijuana as an autism treatment, adult outcomes, the role of dietary interventions, and the perception of pain in people with autism. 

The 5th Annual Day of Learning Speakers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate autism prevalence at 1 in 59 children based on data from the CDC's Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network - a tracking system that provides estimates of the prevalence and characteristics of autism spectrum disorder among more than 300,000 8-year-old children. The ADDM Network estimates are combined from 11 communities within Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.  The 11 communities surveyed in this report represent about 8 percent of 8-year-old children in the United States.

Read more in the official CDC press release on ASF's website  here.  You can also read the full and official CDC analysis in the CDC's   Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Surveillance Summary, published on April 27.   HealthDay covered the new prevalence rate from the CDC, which you can read here.
Research by ASF Grantee S uggests 
Fathers May Pass On Mutations Tied to Autism

Research recently published in Science suggests fathers may pass on some mutations tied to autism.  T he researchers found these mutations in noncoding regions, regions of DNA that do not code for proteins, by sequencing the genomes of 9,274 individuals with autism and their unaffected parents and siblings.  Noncoding regions still serve many functions and can affect the regions of DNA that do code for proteins.  They have been relatively unstudied in ASD until now.   The research article can be found here

The research was co-first-authored by A SF Grantee '15 Dr. William M. Brandler of the University of California, San Diego.  Scientific discoveries like these are made possible by encouraging students to pursue careers in autism research - the goal of ASF's grants for undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs.  With your support, ASF can continue to fund science that lead to new treatment options that may improve the lives of families and individuals living with autism.
Scoring Goals for Autism: Everyone Did Play!

On A pril 28, families participated in Scoring Goals for Autism  at YSC Sports in Wayne, Pennsylvania to support the Autism Science Foundation.  The motto of this event is "Everyone Can Play!" - and everyone did!

The day started with family friendly soccer drills, mini-games and fun-filled activities.  The goal of the gam es wa s not to win, but to have fun .  Later in the day, adult semi-professional teams held an annual tournament to support autism research.  Together the teams raised almost $30,000!

Thank you to Erin Lopes and Tim Bak for their ongoing commitment to SGFA.  Special thanks also goes to Charlotte Laurie, Evelyn Ankers, Katherine Switala and Janine Blythe for leading the event this year and helping make this day a possibility for the dozens of families who participated.
Ride and Walk FAR!

For the first time, ASF's annual cycling event,  Wall Street Rides FAR (For Autism Research) , will include a  5K walk !  Everyone can participate!  Come out with your family and friends to support ASF-funded research and enjoy the fall foliage in beautiful Westchester County, NY on  Saturday, October 13, 2018

Want to know what the event will be like and why you should ride and walk for autism research?  Check out the Ride FAR video  here.  

Learn more and register for the event here.  

Want to volunteer?  Please follow the instructions here.  
ASF Board Member Dr. Paul Offit
Receives Sabin Gold Medal

Dr. Paul Offit Sabin Gold Medal Ceremony
Dr. Paul Offit (Courtesy of Sabin Vaccine Institute)

Every year, the Sabin Vaccine Institute recognizes a distinguished member of the public health community who has made extraordinary contributions in vaccinology or a complementary field, in honor of Dr. Albert B. Sabin, the developer of the oral polio vaccine that has helped bring poliovirus to the brink of eradication.  The Sabin Vaccine Institute awarded ASF Dr. Paul Offit the Sabin Gold Medal for his contributions  as co-inventor of an oral rotavirus vaccine and his leadership as one of the United States' most vocal and dedicated advocates for immunization.

You can read more about Dr. Offit's award here.
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