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Read more about: Autism research

Get the latest autism updates from SPARK, including information about genes and ASD research, webinars, and personal stories from our community.

Our ‘genes’ page provides short, easy-to-understand descriptions of genes linked to autism. Under ‘research’, you’ll find the latest updates from SPARK and other autism studies. In our ‘stories’ section, families, scientists and others share their journeys. In our monthly webinars, speakers from the autism community provide useful information for families and people with autism. All are welcome–invitation links are issued in our monthly newsletter. If you have suggestions for webinar topics, please email us at webinars@sparkforautism.org.

Answers for Autism

We asked you what you wanted to know about autism, and you responded with thought-provoking and important questions.

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Why Autism Research Matters

Why should you care about autism research? Simply put, the goal of research is to learn more about autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and that may mean better treatments and school programs down the road. It also may provide a much better understanding of ASD.

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Understanding Research: An Autism Researcher Answers Your Questions

Consumers and patients are bombarded with information about medical research and autism treatments almost daily. Often these articles and social media posts include terms that can mean many different things. J. Kiely Law, M.D., MPH, research director and co-founder of the Interactive Autism Network (IAN), answers some common questions about what research really is and isn’t.

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CHD8: A Common Cause of Autism

People with changes in this gene have similar symptoms. Scientists hope this knowledge will lead to new treatments and a better understanding of the condition.

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Q&A with Kathy Koenig

Kathy Koenig describes the programs that she has developed tp help girls with autism learn to socialize and form friendships.

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ADNP

People with mutations in ADNP often have autism, developmental delay and certain facial characteristics, including a thin upper lip and broad nasal bridge.

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CHD8

CHD8 is one of the genes most commonly mutated in people with autism. People with these mutations often share certain characteristics.

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SCN2A

Mutations in SCN2A have been linked to autism, intellectual disability, severe childhood epilepsy and schizophrenia.

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