Monthly News |December 2019
What an exciting year it has been for all of us at ARI. To learn more about the work we did in 2019, review our accomplishments for 2019 as well as a current list of ARI-funded research projects.

Whatever the new year brings, you can count on us to continue spearheading research advocacy while providing funding for investigations on very early intervention, environmental toxicants, genetics, neurology, medical comorbidities, and challenging behaviors. We strive to keep moving forward toward answers through research and education.
Sending everyone best wishes during this joyous season,
Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Research Updates
Editorial: Diagnosis and Screening for Autism: Past, Present, and Future
While the diagnosis of some syndromes is fairly straightforward, diagnosing autism spectrum disorders (ASD) has been and continues to be a challenge. In this editorial, I review the progress we have made, look at the current status of screening efforts, and describe the promise and limitations of biomarkers.
Research Review: Bone Health and BMD Research in Autism - Current Data, Evaluation, and Next Steps
A review of published research evaluating bone density issues in those with autism that analyzes potential issues of correlation and offers perspective for future research consideration; it includes proposals for evaluation and intervention strategies to address the impact of decreased bone mineral density in children and adolescents.
A new study, Genome, Environment, Microbiome and Metabolome in Autism (GEMMA), seeks participants
GEMMA seeks to understand the role that our genes, gut microbiome, and environmental factors play in the development of autism. Researchers are recruiting infants 0-6 months of age who have a sibling diagnosed with ASD.
Participate in Research
We are committed to connecting research study teams to members of the community. You or a loved one may be eligible to participate.
ARI-Funded Research 2019
ARI conducts, sponsors, and supports research on the underlying causes of, and treatments for, autism. In order to provide parents and professionals with an independent, unbiased assessment of causation and treatment efficacy issues, ARI seeks no financial support from government agencies or drug manufacturers.
ARI Happenings
ARI Accomplishments in 2019
For more than 50 years, ARI has been at the forefront of autism research. ARI works to pioneer efforts in biological research, educational outreach, and networking across organizations worldwide.
Family Gatherings? Disrupted Routines? Help to avoid an overload.
Knowing what to expect can reduce stress for everyone. Check out these helpful planning tips.
Free Webinars Resume in January
Free Webinar 1/13:
Gene-Environment Interactions in Autism: Research Updates
Learn about research exploring specific gene-environment interactions that may increase risk for ASD and to understand their mechanisms of action.
Free Webinar 1/22:
Research Updates on Non-Psychoactive Cannabis Use in ASD
Learn about emerging research on the potential effectiveness of cannabidivarin (CBDV) on irritability and repetitive behaviors in children with ASD.
Making a Difference in 2020 and Beyond
Research is the Key to the Future 
We're moving research forward
When you support us you send a message that you care about ARI's independent legacy and value objective research conducted free of influence. We know you hear from many worthy charities this time of year—thanks for keeping ARI on your list.
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