Remembering Dr. Tristram Smith

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Tristram Smith, PhD

Tristram Smith, PhD, whose research on behavioral interventions changed the landscape of care for children with ASD, passed away on the morning of August 6, 2018, at the age of 57. 

"For autism families, he was a hero," said Alison Singer, president of the Autism Science Foundation. "His research was groundbreaking, but he also pushed for increased access to autism services and lobbied for legislative changes. It's unusual to see scientists also act as advocates, but Tris went far beyond what most clinician-researchers do."

Please read the obituary from the University of Rochester Medical Center, where he served as a faculty member since 2000. 
Apply Now for 2019 Predoctoral, Postdoctoral and 
Medical School Gap Year Fellowships

The Autism Science Foundation invites applications for its Pre- and Postdoctoral 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 at the link below  HERE.

The Autism Science Foundation will hold an informational webinar regarding this RFA on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 12:00pm EST. The webinar will outline best practices for completing the application. Participation on the webinar is NOT required for application. Please register at the GoToWebinar link  HERE .

Applications are due December 3, 2018 at 5:00 pm EST.
New Study Explores
What's Missing in Employment Research

ASF Podcast 8_13_2018
The Autism Science Foundation, the Lerner Lab at Stony Brook University, the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, and Curtin University in Australia are collaborating on an international policy brief on employment for people with autism. In a recent episode of the ASF Weekly Science Podcast, Melissa Scott of Curtin University discussed findings from the first paper out of this collaboration - a scoping review of existing research on employment in autism. The environment was one crucial element missing as a focus in all the intervention studies. Findings from the scoping review were presented at the INSAR 2018 Annual Meeting in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Listen to the podcast episode here
Mark your calendar for the autism community's sixth annual TED-style science conference. TED talks are thoughtful, 15-minute distillations of critical issues. On March 27, 2019, Dr. Josh Gordon, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, will kick-off the Day of Learning talks with an overview of the current state of autism research. 

Watch past Day of Learning talks here.
Why You Should Join the Ride and Walk FAR

August 6_ 2018 Nasdaq Trade Talks Interview with Ride FAR
Jill Malandrino of Nasdaq Trade Talks interviews 
Ride FAR Co-Founder Bryan Harkins and ASF President Alison Singer.

On Monday, August 6, 2018, Wall Street Rides FAR (For Autism Research)  Co-Founder Bryan Harkins and ASF President Alison Singer sat down with Jill Malandrino to discuss the the Fourth Annual Ride FAR on Nasdaq Trade Talks. On Friday, August 10, 2018, Ride FAR Co-Founder Bryan and Melissa Harkins joined Hope King and Brad Smith on Cheddar to highlight how the event brings the Wall Street and autism communities together.

The event is a wonderful time for autism families and advocates to get together and enjoy fall in beautiful Westchester County while supporting autism science. The event will now include a 5K walk, perfect for all types of families and people who just don't like to bike. 

Come out and join us as a rider, walker, or volunteer on Saturday, October 13 !

Learn more and register for the event here. Volunteers sign up here 
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