News Archive

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

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.

Q&A About Autism with Steve Silberman, Author of NeuroTribes

August 17, 2016

"The history of autism makes clear that the notion that there is one best way to learn, one best way to experience the world, and one best way to be human, is bunk."

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.

Washington DC Town Hall Stresses Importance of Adult Services

February 11, 2015

GW hosted one in a national series of town hall meetings focused on housing and residential supports for adults with autism.

For Youth With Autism, A Path to Adulthood

April 23, 2014

GW faculty, staff and students are “shining a light” on neurodiversity, with a focus on transitions.

University Hosts First-Ever Autism Speaks Action Summit

November 17, 2013

Members of Congress, governors, scientists, policy experts and activists attended the first-ever Autism Speaks national policy and action summit, hosted by the George Washington University.

GW Professor Receives $747,000 Grant for Autism Research

July 29, 2013

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development award will help Chiara Manzini continue study of gene linked to autism.

GW Holds Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders Initiative Day

September 21, 2012

GW kicks off its new initiative by addressing the Congressional Autism Caucus and hosting a research symposium.