2015 Year in review

What’s the hardest part of an autism researcher’s job?

Scientists dish about the biggest challenges they face as they tackle tough questions about autism.

By Ingrid Wickelgren
22 December 2015 | 6 min read

Notable papers of 2015

Our top 10 papers for this year, based on input from autism researchers, capture the full spectrum of findings — from molecular biology to large-scale epidemiology.

By Spectrum
22 December 2015 | 3 min read

Hot topics of 2015

Here’s a rundown of five trending topics that are turning traditional assumptions about autism on their head.

By Katie Moisse
22 December 2015 | 4 min read
Illustration: A white mouse sits on a gloved-hand. The mouse is posing as if giving a speech.

Quotes of the year

Here are some of our favorite quotes, by those who study autism and those who live with it, from articles we published in 2015.

By Spectrum
22 December 2015 | 1 min read

Artist with autism illustrates ‘invisible disability’

Sounds, smells and social encounters are just a few of the challenges that Leironica Hawkins, an artist on the spectrum, faces every day.

By Spectrum
22 December 2015 | 1 min read

Research one-liners

Autism researchers distill countless hours of frantic grant-writing and experiments into a single sentence — with some hilarious results.

By Jessica Wright
22 December 2015 | 1 min read

Spectrum’s first year

To say this has been a momentous year for the website would be an understatement.

By Spectrum
22 December 2015 | 3 min read

Staff picks from 2015

Some of our favorite stories this year went beyond the news to lay bare critical controversies or highlight real-world implications of research.

By Katie Moisse
22 December 2015 | 3 min read

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