The relationship between anxiety and autism is complex. Can answers be found in the amygdala?
Brain tissue research
Identical twins have identical genes, but sometimes only one may have autism. What affects the way our genes function?
There are a lot of mysteries about the causes of autism, including if, how, and when ASD is inherited from parents. Scientists know that part of this mystery has to do with how the environment interacts with our genes.
The different subtypes of autism became a hot topic of discussion in 2017. What did autism researchers learn? Read the Autism Science Foundation's year in review.
Autism is generally a lifelong condition, but there is currently very little understanding of how the brain changes in people with ASD as they age. What research is needed?
Brain researchers found some unusual differences between males and females with autism: mutations in genes related to immune system function. Read more from a report by Dr. Alycia Halladay.
One mother shares her family's journey toward registering as donors with Autism BrainNet, which hopes to unravel the mysteries of autism through brain tissue research.
This year, autism research saw a much bigger focus on family members of those with autism, particularly siblings. The goal of these studies is to understand the genetic and biological nature of autism so that help can be provided not just to those with a diagnosis, but to family members.
Science saw big advances in 2015 like new numbers on how many people have autism and how early they are diagnosed, as well major legislative changes which provide money for autism research. There were also scientific advances that moved the needle towards improvements to understanding autism and helping those who are affected.
What have scientists learned about autism from brain tissue research, and what do they hope to learn? Listen to David Amaral, Ph.D., of the University of California MIND Institute, as he discussed brain research during an online webinar October 28, 2015.