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Articles tagged: Research

Welcoming Our Summer Scholars

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The Role Male Sex Hormones Play In Autism Risk

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Males are about four times as likely as females to be diagnosed with autism, but experts still don’t know why. Researchers explored what role male sex hormones play in autism risk.

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Autism Clues in Placental Veins and Arteries

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The placenta plays an all-important role in controlling the fetal environment, yet has rarely been considered in studies of neurodevelopmental disabilities, including autism - until now.

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EARLI study unravels some of the mysteries of autism risk

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Researchers explore the potential link between a father's genes and autism risk. 

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Early Detection Making a Difference

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After her daughter's early autism diagnosis through a study at the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, Amanda Crouse says autism awareness has become her life.

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Reflections on Autism Research from the Netherlands

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Autism Institute Staffer Elizabeth Kauffman reflects on the visionary science presented at the 2018 INSAR meeting.

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Disaster Communications and Autism Study

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A new Drexel study aims to understand more about the communication that families with autism spectrum disorders need during disasters.

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Reflections on the Eagles Autism Challenge

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The first Eagles Autism Challenge was a success, raising $2.4 million and counting.

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2017 IACC Report Includes Autism Institute Researchers

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Work by Dr. Diana Robins and Dr. Craig Newschaffer was included in the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee's 2017 report on the top 20 breakthroughs in autism research.

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A First 5K to Fund Autism Research

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Dr. Jennifer Plumb's race to the finish line in the Eagle's Autism Challenge on May 19 is also an exercise in making Philadelphia a true hub of autism research.

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Exploring How Dietary Factors Might Influence Autism Risk

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A new study is one of the first to look at prenatal levels of the polyunsaturated fatty acids that are critical to brain development in relation to autism risk. Maternal diet is the main source of these fatty acids for the developing brain.

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Driven to Improve Adult Lives

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Dr. Paul Shattuck’s research seeks to understand the service needs of adults with autism, and the range of health and social outcomes they typically experience.

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Racing to Provide Early Intervention

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The Early Detection and Intervention research program seeks to link early screening to early diagnosis, which will lead to earlier and more effective interventions.

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Responding to Autism in Communities: Focus on the Justice System and First Responders

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National news and local crises have reported that first responders, including police officers, may not be prepared to understand how autism may present in a crisis or how to take the first steps to help. The Policy and Analytics Center is tackling this issue head-on.

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Searching for Preventable Causes

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A.J. Drexel Autism Institute Director Dr. Craig Newschaffer is one of the world’s premier autism researchers. He focuses on identifying modifiable risk factors that might lead to the prevention of adverse behavioral effects in certain individuals with autism.

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Mapping Support Networks During Times of Transition

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Support systems for students with autism who are transitioning from pre-K to kindergarten and from middle to high school can be disrupted. One project aims to  measure and build supportive networks that bridge home, school and community.

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Discovering the Environmental Factors That Contribute to Autism Risk

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Measuring chemicals in the body that start accumulating as early as the 12th week of pregnancy could reveal parts of the largely unknown environmental contribution to autism.

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Profiling Autism and Trauma

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A study currently underway investigates the kind of life events individuals with autism consider traumatic, and how people with autism express symptoms of trauma.

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Eye-Tracking and Educational Interventions

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Eye tracking is the closest we can get to seeing the world from the point of view of children with autism and understanding how they feel in response to what they see

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Measuring Outcomes for Youth with Autism After High School

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Dr. Sosnowy and her team asked young adults on the spectrum, as well as their parents, about their experiences transitioning out of high school, current activities, hopes and expectations for the future. Here's what they learned.

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An In-Depth Look at Trauma and Autism

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The Autistic Global Initiative’s documentary Trauma Warriors and a newly produced sequel spark discussion and awareness of the issue of trauma and autism.

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Taking Autism Interventions Home

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The Autism Institute plugs parents of children on the autism spectrum into studies that show them how to use autism interventions at home.

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