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Community Newsletter: Highlights from INSAR 2023

This week we’re highlighting social-media chatter from the INSAR 2023 meeting in Stockholm, Sweden.

The International Society for Autism Research opened its annual meeting this week with several videos of scientists describing research being presented at the event.

Jessica Rast of Drexel University discussed “Health during pregnancy and delivery in autistic women in Sweden.”

Christine Wu Nordahl of the University of California, Davis gave an in-depth look at the study “Sex differences and amygdala network development in anxiety disorders that co-occur with autism.”

Mark Taylor of the Karolinska Institutet explained the work presented in “Age-related physical health of older autistic adults: A population-based cohort study.”

Yanru Chen of Boston University discussed “Discrepancies in receptive and expressive language profiles in minimally verbal autistic children and adolescents.”

Emily Neuhaus of Seattle Children’s Hospital discussed “Behavioral features in children and adolescents with rare variants in ASD-associated genes: Phenotype & developmental insights.”

Ayelet Ben-Sasson of the University of Haifa discussed how machine learning can help with early identification of autism.

Maria Pizzano of Loyola Marymount University discussed “Towards personalization: Identifying differential response to intervention approaches in profiles of minimally verbal children with autism.”

Laura Crane of University College London and Holly Radford of the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership mentioned a poster presentation by Rhys Proud of Durham University.

Felicity Sedgewick of the University of Bristol provided a summary of a session she attended on the ethics of genetic research in autism.

On LinkedIn and unrelated to the meeting, Santhosh Girirajan of Pennsylvania State University posted about his team’s work published 2 May in Genome Research.

Guillaume Cabanac, creator of the Problematic Paper Screener, commented on a previous edition of Spectrum’s Community Newsletter.

Cameron Good of NeuroLux described his team’s paper, published 27 April in Nature Biomedical Engineering.

Monique Beaudoin of the University of Maryland replied to Good’s post, saying she appreciates “when scientists don’t just post the outcome of their work but also acknowledge all of experimentation, development, and funding support that preceded their awesome accomplishments.”

That’s it for this week’s Community Newsletter! If you have any suggestions for interesting social posts you saw in the autism research sphere, feel free to send an email to [email protected].

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