New study: Is it ever  possible to diagnose autism in the first few minutes?
Also inside: Keeping an eye on disability policy changes;  and  potential drug treatment for social symptoms of ASD
JANUARY/ FEBRUARY, 2017
 Ashley de Marchena, PhD (left) and Judith Miller, PhD (right)
Frankly, My Dear, It's Clear:
CAR researchers ask what we can learn from the idea of "frankness" in autism

Among experienced autism professionals, there is an informal but widely-recognized idea that some people with ASD possess a certain profile of characteristics that makes their autism diagnosis immediately apparent. Two CAR researchers wonder if this bit of collective wisdom holds promise for  for diagnosing and treating autism. 

 
Study Co-authors (L-R) Ted Brodkin, MD; Ted Abel, PhD; Bob Schultz, PhD
Emerging Research: Could a Tuberculosis Drug Help Treat Social Difficulties in Autism?

A new study in mice identifies a drug target that has the potential to increase social interaction in individuals with some forms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a team of researchers from CHOP and Penn.
David Mandell, ScD, Associate Director of the Center for Autism Research and Director of the Center for Mental Health Policy Services and Research at UPenn
Commentary: Smoke, Mirrors, and Robert Kennedy, Jr.'s Vaccine Safety Panel

As part of our core mission, CAR provides information to help families make informed choices about medical and behavioral support and access to services. CAR's associate director and an expert on autism policy, David Mandell, ScD, recently wrote an article for the autism blog  Spectrum , which highlights potential policy changes that could affect individuals with disabilities. At The Center for Autism Research, we accept and respect all points of view.
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Next Steps Workshop for Families of Young ChildrenWednesday,February 22nd, 9am- 4pm

March 30, 9 AM- 4 PM
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You Can Help Us Learn More about ASD!

Advances in understanding autism and related disorders are only possible as a direct result of the participation of individuals and families. We have opportunities for all ages, and you do not need an autism diagnosis to participate.

Simply put - scientists cannot make real progress without your help. We need you!
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