The international journal Autism released a new podcast in its Autism Matters series. Sven Bölte, Ph.D., director of Sweden’s Karolinska Institute Center for Neurodevelopmental Disorders, discusses his research on gender differences in cognitive function among high-functioning persons with autism spectrum disorder. Autism Matters podcasts are hosted by University of London psychologist Laura Crane, Ph.D.
The series is designed for a broad audience and aims to showcase the latest research published in the journal with an emphasis on real-world relevance.
(photo of Krista Tippett courtesy On Being/American Public Media)
Earlier this week, NPR host Krista Tippett interviewed writer Jennifer Elder and literary historian Paul Collins, who have grappled with autism since the diagnosis of their son, Morgan, in 2002. Paul has traced autism hidden between the lines of history. Jennifer has written and illustrated books for children with autism. In this podcast, they look beyond controversies over causes and cures and explore what autism reveals about humanity and their families. They discuss research that raises questions about the remarkable abilities associated with autism and the high prevalence of autism among families of scientists, mathematicians, and artists. We’d love to hear your thoughts.
The Science Webinar and Podcast Series is a new service from Autism Speaks to help keep our community informed about the latest in autism research. Each month we will feature a leading expert to share with us the exciting progress being made and what it means for individuals and families affected by autism. Our goal is to help our community better understand all the new and exciting science being supported by Autism Speaks and other funders. We plan to be comprehensive in our coverage, including everything from genetics and environmental sciences to medical care and clinical trials. Occasionally, we will also feature special topics, like awareness and family support, that while not part of the Autism Speaks science program, are informed by our research and development efforts.
We are very pleased that our inaugural episode of the Autism Speaks Science Webinar and Podcast Series features Autism Speaks’ Chief Science Officer, Dr. Geri Dawson. Dr. Dawson will share with us two new exciting science initiatives at Autism Speaks aimed to deliver better medical care and develop novel treatments for our community.