News Archive

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

NIH awards nearly $100 million for Autism Centers of Excellence program

September 07, 2017

The National Institutes of Health has awarded nine research grants totaling nearly $100 million over the next five years for the Autism Centers of Excellence (ACE).

'Social Camouflage' May Lead To Underdiagnosis Of Autism In Girls

July 31, 2017

Many more boys are diagnosed with autism every year than girls. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the disorder is 4.5 times more common among boys than girls.

A Distinct Form of Autism

June 01, 2017

A new study suggests that childhood disintegrative disorder, a rare condition marked by a sudden and profound loss of skills, is biologically distinct from most autism.

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.

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.