In these videos, researchers affiliated with the Simons Simplex Community discuss their autism-related research, the research process, and the importance of family involvement in autism research.
Research process and autism
For some people, there is a moment when they realize what their vocation will be. For Robin Goin-Kochel, a visual reminder of that moment hangs in her office: a drawing of tangled black lines by a little boy whose differences fascinated her.
For years researchers have said children with autism are more likely to have large heads, a phenomenon they attributed to "early brain overgrowth." But now several scientists are questioning assumptions about brain overgrowth and autism, especially how common it is. Their stories spotlight the important ways science reconsiders evidence in the search for answers.
As a college student, Catherine Lord began working with children who had a rare and poorly understood condition called autism. Now, four decades later, Dr. Lord reflects on her years of exploring autism through research.
Are you curious about the doctors and researchers who have used the data you contributed to the Simons Simplex Collection autism research project? Here you will "meet" them and learn about their experiences and interests – and why they find autism research to be so important.
You have a child with autism to raise, school programs to consider, and behavior to manage. Why should you care about autism research?
To unlock the mysteries of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) — and develop better therapies — research across a wide variety of disciplines is essential. Scientists play a crucial role in this process, but they cannot do it alone. People with ASD and their families can play a vital part by participating in research studies and becoming informed consumers of research.
A listing of articles produced for Simons Simplex Collection families, including researching involving their information.
Autism Research Survey Results - Live
Parents are bombarded with stories that say autism is linked to a smorgasbord of things, from mom's age to air pollution. How do we make sense of this?