AGING WELL WITH AUTISM (55 and OLDER)
In July 2013, the NLM Family Foundation and The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University co-sponsored a special one-day workshop, “Aging Well with Autism (55 and Older),” at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss several unique challenges faced by the growing population of individuals with autism after age 55. Topics discussed included access to medical and health care services as well as senior life planning initiatives for older adults with autism and their families. Please click on the link below to view a summary of the presentations and discussions which took place at the workshop.
Aging Well with Autism (55 and Older)
NANCY LURIE MARKS SUMMER SCHOLARS IN MEDICINE FELLOWSHIP AT HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL
The Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation seeks applicants for the 2014 Summer Scholars in Medicine Fellowship. The goal of the fellowship is to support Harvard Medical School students who have an interest in pursuing autism-related research at HMS or one of its affiliated hospitals for a summer research project from June through August. For more information regarding application procedures, please click here.
The deadline for receipt of applications is February 14, 2014. Awards will be announced in early March. Please email all application materials and any questions to Janine Zieg at NLM_fellowships@hms.harvard.edu
DSM-5 AUTISM CHANGES: IMPACT ON SPECIAL EDUCATION
With support from the NLM Family Foundation, Massachusetts Advocates for Children has published a fact sheet for parents and educators entitled, DSM-5 Autism Changes: Impact on Special Education. This fact sheet provides a brief explanation of the new DSM-5 ASD diagnostic criteria, and explains how the DSM-5 changes should not change or eliminate a child's IEP services. The fact sheet also describes special education rights and procedures parents can use to ensure that children continue to receive necessary services and supports. You can access the fact sheet by visiting Massachusetts Advocates for Children's website.
SCSB AUTISM AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDERS COLLOQUIUM SERIES
“Resting State and event related electroencephalography as biomarkers of learning and cognitive ability in young children with ASD: Can we parse the heterogeneity?”
Speaker: Shafali Spurling Jeste, M.D., Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Neurology Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior Director, Electrophysiology Core UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment, UCLA
Date/Time: Wednesday, December 18, 6:00 pm, followed by a reception
Location: MIT Building 46-3002 (Singleton Auditorium), 3rd Floor, 43 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
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ASSOCIATION BETWEEN AUTISM AND MATERNAL THYROID HORMONE
Pregnant women who don't make nearly enough thyroid hormone are nearly 4 times likelier to produce autistic children than healthy women, report scientists from the Houston Methodist Neurological Institute and Erasmus Medical Centre in an upcoming Annals of Neurology.
The association emerged from a study of more than 4,000 Dutch mothers and their children, and it supports a growing view that autism spectrum disorders can be caused by a lack of maternal thyroid hormone, which past studies have shown is crucial to the migration of fetal brain cells during embryo development.
Work was supported by grants from The Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation and the European Community's 7th Framework Programme.
To read more about the study, please click on the link below.
Autism Four Times Likelier When Mother's Thyroid is Weakened