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Monthly News | January 2023

Hello Administrators,


Happy New Year 2023! As always, all of us at the Autism Research Institute have many plans for the year to come. We will continue to encourage ambitious research objectives and look forward to learning about emerging findings and disseminating what we find in the months to come. 

We recently began digitizing archived videos and uncovered this 1995 footage of ARI's founder, Dr. Bernard Rimland, discussing his journey as a father, advocate, and researcher in the autism community. We have begun sharing footage on our YouTube channel and will post it on soon. You can subscribe to ARI's YouTube channel to receive notifications when footage is posted.

All of us at ARI are honored to continue the independent legacy our founder launched more than 55 years ago. I want to thank those who contributed to ARI during our end-of-the-year giving campaign and those who have supported us throughout the past year! Without you, none of this is possible.  

Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D.

Executive Director

ARI News and Information

ARI welcomes a new Scientific Advisory Board member,

Robert E. Burrier, Ph.D.

ARI Scientific Advisory Board Member Robert Burrier, PhD

Dr. Bob Burrier is a seasoned research scientist and corporate executive with experience in pharmaceutical research, biotech product development, biomarker discovery, and consulting services.  

Dr. Burrier's work at Stemina Biomarker Discovery helped grow its capabilities as a leader in metabolomic technologies and focus on understanding the metabolism, which may lead to novel therapies for children on a personalized-medicine approach.  

View ARI's Scientific Advisory Board

Video Archives: Dr. Bernard Rimland Discusses His Work in the Autism Community

In this 1995 interview, Dr. Rimland discusses his life's work as a father, advocate, and researcher in the autism community.

Autism Research Institute founder Bernard Rimland, PhD, a research psychologist and father of a son with autism, was a key leader in shepherding the transition from psychogenesis to biogenesis in discussions of causation of autism. He was a founding member of the Autism Society of America in 1965 and founded ARI in 1967. His 1964 book, "Infantile Autism: The Syndrome and Its Implications for a Neural Theory of Behavior," helped to close the door on theories that defined autism as an emotional disturbance caused by poor parenting.

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The Autism & Grief Project -

Supporting autistic adults in grief and loss provides a six-minute introductory video, "Grief is a Spectrum, Too," created by an award-winning Hollywood studio of autistic animators

The Autism & Grief Project was created to support autistic adults in grief and loss.

"Autism and grief are both highly individualized, making each person’s life experience and grief journey unique. Our intent is to provide reliable information and helpful suggestions that respect and acknowledge the grief experiences of adults with autism and fully involve them in the grief process."

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New CME Webcasts Released: Co-Occurring Conditions and Autism Spectrum Disorders

These activities have been approved for complimentary AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

In joint-providership with ARI, the Cleveland Clinic offers complimentary webcasts on autism to healthcare professionals and the general public. 


The latest series provides expert insight into co-occurring conditions and autism. Topics include challenges faced by those aging with autism, gastrointestinal issues, and barriers to individualized medical care that autistic people encounter.

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Research Updates

From ARRI: Widespread changes detected in the cerebral cortex in autism

New research indicates that in autism, changes at the molecular level are present throughout the cerebral cortex rather than solely in cortical regions associated with language and social cognition.

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From ARRI: Early exposure to pollutants may alter brain development

A new study suggests that exposure to air pollutants before birth and during childhood may lead to alterations in white matter microstructure in the brain. Abnormal white matter microstructure has been linked to autism as well as depression and anxiety.

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Subscribe to ARRI: Stay Up-to-date on the Latest Research

ARI’s award-winning Autism Research Review International (ARRI) quarterly journal helps you stay updated about the latest autism research. The ARRI has received worldwide praise for its thoroughness and objectivity in reporting current biomedical and educational research.

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A one-year subscription to the ARRI is $19.99 (U.S. funds; $23.99 outside the U.S. – includes shipping). Each issue is sent via first-class mail. Keep up with the latest research updates – subscribe now.

Participate in Research

Take part in a new Intervention Study that teaches parents skills to help address their child’s fear and anxiety.

This study requires English fluency.

Many investigators seek participants to add valuable data to our understanding of autism.

Research topics range from sibling differences to school experiences, trauma, adult issues, and more. 

Learn about studies enrolling participants
New Content Available now on

Webinar Summaries

Gender Dysphoria and Autism

Wenn Lawson, Ph.D., discusses gender dysphoria (GD) and how it shapes the lives of many individuals with autism. He outlines a single-minded focus concerning social and cultural constructs of gender identity and constantly reiterates the need for acceptance and understanding. 

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genes environment

Gene-Environment Interactions in Autism: Research Updates

Valerie W. Hu, Ph.D., discusses gene-environmental interactions pertaining to autism. She describes how integrative genomics studies on autism led to investigating endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) as environmental risk factors for autism, and presents findings on the impact of specific EDCs on gene expression in autism subgroups. 

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Upcoming Free Webinars

ARI Webinar 1/18:

Parents and Caregivers: The Importance of Self-Care

Amanda Tami, LPC, BCBA discusses the importance of self-care for adult caregivers supporting people with special needs, including autism. 


Presented by

Amanda Tami, MA, BCBA, LBA, LPC

The Johnson Center for Child Health and Development


1 p.m. Eastern Time (U.S.) 1/18/23

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ARI Webinar 2/1:

The Ancient Roots of Autism Susceptibility Genes


Learn about emerging research on autism susceptibility genes and their evolution.


Presented by

Emily Casanova, PhD

Edge Hill University


*New Date*

1 p.m. Eastern Time (U.S.) 2/1/23

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Making a Difference in 2022 and Beyond

New on Messages of thanks from ARI's 2022 research grant recipients: watch now

Thank you for your support.

We continue to focus on education while supporting research on genetics, neurology, co-occurring medical conditions, nutrition, sensory processing, severe and challenging behaviors, and adult and senior issues.  Without you, none of it is possible.

Give with confidence: In 2022, ARI has once again received Charity Navigator's highest "4-star" rating and a "Platinum" rating for transparency from Guidestar.

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