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So much is happening in the world of autism—from news reports, to new scientific developments and information on the latest research studies—that sometimes it’s hard to keep up. The Autism Consortium eNewsletter will keep you informed and up-to-date on important news, events and studies.

April 1, 2014
CDC Releases New Prevalence Numbers of 1 in 68 for ASD

By Bernadette Murphy Bentley, MPA


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced last week that the prevalence rate for Autism Spectrum Disorder have increased in the last two years, from 1 in 88 children in 2012 having ASD to 1 in 68 children having ASD today. What do these statistics actually mean?

Explanation of the Data... Read More
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March 5, 2014
Could Autism Be Treated Prenatally?

A recent review article by two Autism Consortium members - Drs. Andrew Zimmerman and Susan Connors - describes new research that might lead to prenatal treatment of autism.  The review article discusses a new treatment of autism spectrum disorder in prenatal rodent models with a drug that alters the function of a neurotransmitter resulting in... Read More

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October 1, 2013
Boston Children’s Hospital launches new multi-disciplinary Translational Neuroscience Center (TNC)

Leading physicians and scientists at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) formed the collaborative Translational Neuroscience Center (TNC) in January to improve the lives of children and adolescents with brain and other nervous system disorders. Mustafa Sahin, MD, PhD, an autism researcher and director of the TNC, told the Autism Consortium... Read More

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April 2, 2013
Parent Survey Indicates 1 in 50 School Children are Affected by Autism


The latest government study, based on a survey of parents conducted by phone, reports that  1 in 50 school children has autism.  This indicates even greater prevalence than previous government estimates.  The new statistic is the result of a survey taken in 2011 and 2012 of more than 95,000 parents.  This is the most current data reported. ... Read More

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April 2, 2013
Behind the Scenes: Autism Research at MIT

By: Caitlin T Malloy
 

Jeremy says that he wanted to run from the Kendall/MIT train station to get to the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, which, lucky for him, was only a 5-minute walk.  “No, I didn’t think I was late,” he explains.  “I know I wasn’t late—I’m never late.  I was just excited.”  A 21-year-old college... Read More

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February 6, 2013
Families Participating in Research Shed Light on Autism

By Stephanie Loranger, PhD


Have you recently participated in a research study?  Do you wonder what was learned from that study?  In the past month, three papers were published by Autism Consortium researchers using data collected from families here in Boston and the surrounding suburbs.  The results are helping researchers and clinicians... Read More

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November 14, 2012
DSM-5: The New Diagnostic Criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorders

by: Stephanie Loranger, PhD and Walter Kaufmann, MD
 

In May 2013 the fifth edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) will be published by the American Psychiatric Association.  At the Autism Consortium’s 2012 Symposium on October 24th, Walter Kaufmann, MD, (Senior Associate in Neurology, Boston Children's... Read More

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June 5, 2012
Families participating in research studies contribute to the identification of new genes

Researchers from 15 institutions, led by Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School and the Broad Institute, discovered 33 genes associated with autism and other developmental disorders (NDD), including 22 novel genes not previously linked to autism or NDD.  The researchers used a strategy that involved sequencing individuals with... Read More

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