News Archive

The latest research, clinical and policy news from the Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute (ANDI) and its affiliated faculty.

Opinion: Inoculate Vaccination Commission from Fake Science

January 31, 2017

"If there is to be a [vaccination safety] commission, health care experts and scientists have a responsibility to fully participate.

Opinion: Technology Can Curb Social Exclusion of Children with Autism

January 10, 2017

Beyond apps, groundbreaking research into technology-based interventions for autism could boost the social skills of children with developmental conditions.

Brain Scans May Forecast Effectiveness of Autism Treatment

January 09, 2017

Patterns of activity in the social brain predict how much a child’s autism features will improve after a behavioral therapy called pivotal response treatment, according to a new study.

ANDI Research Featured in Autism Science Foundation's Year-End Review of Discoveries

December 21, 2016

The Autism Science Foundation's list is a summary of autism discoveries in 2016 and what they mean for families.

Opinion: Autistic People Can Solve Our Cybersecurity Crisis

November 25, 2016

Vital jobs in online security are going unfilled. And there are people in our midst, ideally suited to the work, who are unemployed.

Oxytocin Nasal Spray, Brain Scans Can Improve Treatments for Children with Autism

November 17, 2016

Two new papers highlight therapies that could help families save time and money in identifying effective treatments for children with autism.

Are Girls With Autism the Key to Figuring out the Disorder?

October 25, 2016

Autism is at least four times more common in boys, but scientists taking a closer look are finding some gender-based surprises. Dr.

An Auditory Component to Autism

September 01, 2016

New evidence suggests people with autism can recognize feelings and other traits of humanness in voices as well as—or even better than—neurotypical people do.

Opinion: "Reckless Report Exaggerates Flaws in Brain Scan Software"

August 16, 2016

A recently-published report overstates the impact of the software snafu on studies involving functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).

Opinion: "How Dining Out With My Daughter Inspired My Autism Studies"

May 12, 2016

Dr. Kevin Pelphrey discusses how restaurants can be stressful for his daughter and how her difficulties led him to try to better understand and treat her type of situational anxiety.

Researchers Identify New Way to Measure Autism in Boys

April 20, 2016

Researchers have developed a new method to map and track the function of brain circuits affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in boys using brain imaging.

What You Need to Know About Autism (and the Effort to Better Understand It)

April 13, 2016

In recognition of National Autism Awareness Month, Dr. Kevin Pelphrey discussed autism, the AND Institute, and the work he plans to accomplish.

Can a Robot Help Kids with Autism Navigate Social Situations?

April 06, 2016

A GW researcher hopes to use robotic systems to engage children with autism socially and emotionally.

George Washington University Names Director of Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute

February 03, 2016

Kevin Pelphrey, a global leader in autism research, and $5 million investment will transform GW into a top research and treatment center for adolescents and young adults with autism.

Autism rates are up, but is it really on the rise?

July 22, 2015

Roy Richard Grinker, a GW anthropologist, comments on a recent study that suggests  an increase in the prevalence of autism.