Genome Testing for Siblings of Individuals May Aid in a Diagnosis Before Symptoms Appear

One of the key priorities of interventions for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is starting early, with some evidence showing infants as young as seven months old could benefit. Yet, most children in North America aren’t diagnosed with ASD until they’re over four years of age. New research led by...

Scientists Want to Know Your Opinions About Participating in Research

Poor or slow recruitment into a research studies has a negative impact on research discoveries and shorten patient lives. There are lost opportunities for new discoveries, and evidence-based resources and services are delayed. Funding organizations and researchers need to come up with creative...

Autism Science Foundation Statement on the Use of Medical Marijuana for People with Autism

Medical marijuana is now legal in several states and the District of Columbia. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the term “medical marijuana” means either the marijuana plant itself or one its many extracts or compounds. Use of the marijuana plant is not approved by the FDA for...

Autism Science Foundation Announces Expansion of the Autism Sisters Project – 3 New Grants Awarded to Search for the Female Protective Effect

The Autism Science Foundation (ASF), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to catalyzing innovative autism research, announced the launch of three new multi-year research grants to expand the Autism Sisters Project at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) and the Broad Institute in...

“Give a Spit” to Help Scientists Uncover the “Female Protective Effect” for Autism

For years, we’ve known that four times as many boys as girls are diagnosed with autism. More recently, genetic research has surprisingly shown that the various genes that cause autism are equally distributed in boys and girls. So what explains this difference - why do some girls who have the...

It Takes Brains to Solve Autism

If you have autism or are a family member of someone with autism, you now have a unique opportunity to contribute to important research that can lead to better understanding and treatment of autism. Last year, the Simons Foundation and Autism Speaks announced the establishment and funding of a new...

Autism Science Foundation Hosts Autism Community’s First TED-Style Talks

On April 10, 2014, the Autism Science Foundation celebrated its fifth anniversary by hosting a Day of Learning and an Evening of Celebration at the Yale Club of New York City. For the Day of Learning, ASF presented the autism community’s first TED-Style Talks, which were given by nine experts in...

It Takes Brains to Solve Autism

The Simons Foundation, Autism Speaks, the MIND Institute and the Autism Science Foundation have announced the launch of the Autism BrainNet, and encourage individuals with autism and their families to register to become tissue donors at www.takesbrains.org. Autism BrainNet is a consortium of...

Autism Science Foundation Announces 2014 Grant Recipients

The Autism Science Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to funding autism research, has announced the recipients of its 2014 annual pre and post-doctoral fellowships as well as the recipients of its first undergraduate summer research grants. Pre and Postdoctoral Research...

Autism Science Foundation Announces 2013 Research Enhancement Grant Recipients

On November 12, 2013, the Autism Science Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to funding autism research, announced the recipients of research enhancement mini grants. These grants are intended to enable researchers to expand the scope or increase the efficiency of existing grants,...