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Researcher training opportunities

Researcher training opportunities

The Early Career Researcher Autism Network (ECRAN) hosted their first workshop in July 2020. The workshop brought together 25 postdocs, 10 PhD students and 6 members of the autism community who are researchers themselves or who have a research interest in autism from...

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Autism: How gene alteration modifies social behavior

Autism: How gene alteration modifies social behavior

Prof. Peter Scheiffele’s team at the Biozentrum, University of Basel, has discovered a new connection between a genetic modification and social difficulties related to autism: A mutation in the neuroligin-3 gene reduces the effect of the “feel good hormone” oxytocin....

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Autism Representatives (A-Reps)

Autism Representatives (A-Reps)

The A-Reps are a group of autistic people, parents and carers from across Europe who have agreed to bring their perspectives on being autistic or caring for an autistic loved one to the AIMS-2-TRIALS research programme. They are coordinated by a team at the University...

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Understanding adaptive functioning in autism

Understanding adaptive functioning in autism

Adaptive functioning refers to the ability to manage the demands of day-to-day life. It can include areas such as self-care, travel, shopping, cooking, fine motor skills and communication. It is understood that autistic people may learn some of these skills at a...

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AIMS-2-TRIALS’ response to COVID-19

AIMS-2-TRIALS’ response to COVID-19

We are all very shocked and saddened by the effect that COVID-19 is having globally. We hope you are keeping safe and well during these uncertain and difficult times. We understand that some of you will be more affected than others either by being ill yourself, having...

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Autistic people’s social brain activity is not reduced

Autistic people’s social brain activity is not reduced

An article in Molecular Autism by AIMS-2-TRIALS researchers will report that - contrary to predictions made by previous research – in an analysis of one of the largest data sets of its kind, no group differences were found in the brain activity of autistic and...

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Researcher training opportunities

Researcher training opportunities

The Early Career Researcher Autism Network was launched earlier this year at the AIMS-2-TRIALS general assembly - an event that saw over thirty researchers share ideas about their training needs. To promote training opportunities for researchers in an early stage of...

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Want to get involved?

If you are interested in participating in a research study, you can sign up to our mailing list here (link to come). We will also publish details about studies that are recruiting via our participant recruitment page.

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Clinical trials begin at three AIMS-2-TRIALS sites

Clinical trials begin at three AIMS-2-TRIALS sites

Development of medicines is a key priority within the AIMS-2-TRIALS research programme and this will be achieved primarily via two clinical trials. A clinical trial is a specific type of research study that evaluates an intervention; in this case a medicine. The main...

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Prestigious scientific awards for consortium members

Prestigious scientific awards for consortium members

AIMS-2-TRIALS is celebrating prestigious awards received by two consortium members, both based at Kings College London. Oscar Marín, Director of the Centre for Developmental Neurobiology, was unanimously selected by an international jury to receive the Remedios Caro...

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A new publication for Autism-Europe

A new publication for Autism-Europe

Autism-Europe is an international autism association whose main objectives are to improve public awareness of autism and to advance the rights of autistic people and their families. In September, the third edition of their publication “People with Autism Spectrum...

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AIMS-2-TRIALS researchers at key events in Europe

AIMS-2-TRIALS researchers at key events in Europe

Autism Europe Congress Consortium members participated throughout the Autism Europe Congress 2019 on 13th - 15th September, delivering keynotes, moderating sessions and as part of the scientific committee. James Cusack (Autistica) chaired a keynote session on...

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Changing pupil size indicates social abilities in autism

Changing pupil size indicates social abilities in autism

The amount that autistic people’s pupils widen (dilate) when watching others interact and the speed at which this happens is linked with their understanding of social behaviour, shows a study led by AIMS-2-TRIALS researchers. The study is the first to record the...

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Declan Murphy & Gráinne McAlonan of KCL on BBC Radio 4

Declan Murphy & Gráinne McAlonan of KCL on BBC Radio 4

Declan Murphy and Gráinne McAlonan of Kings College London were recently featured on BBC Radio 4's 'D for Diagnosis' with Claudia Hammond, discussing the diagnosis of autism and co-occurring conditions. https://twitter.com/Aims2Trials/status/1158370309495578625

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Eye tracking holds clues to the emergence of autism

Eye tracking holds clues to the emergence of autism

Ten month old infants later diagnosed with autism use their gaze to attract other’s attention less often than those who are not autistic, shows research led by Terje Falck-Ytter at Uppsala University in Sweden, as part of AIMS-2-TRIALS. “Joint attention is extremely...

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Machine learning heralds a new era for autism research

Machine learning heralds a new era for autism research

Computer algorithms that can spot patterns in vast amounts of data will drive the future of autism research and help scientists to understand autism’s true complexity and diversity, say AIMS-2-TRIALS researchers in a recent review article. The algorithms’ power comes...

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An opportunity to influence European research

The Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) wants to hear from youApplications are open for a ‘pool of patient experts’, which will strengthen the role and voice of those with diseases and conditions addressed by IMI research. This will introduce the perspectives of...

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Autism Representatives chosen from nearly 100 applications

The recruitment of Autism Representatives for AIMS-2-TRIALS is now complete. In total, 96 applicants from 18 European countries (and one from the US) expressed interest in working with us. This included autistic people and family carers of autistic people. There were...

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Researchers reach out to the community

Researchers reach out to the community

AIMS-2-TRIALS researchers met with autistic people at events across Europe about the future of autism research. At Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, team members from the rare genetic conditions study led an event in February to foster two-way dialogue about the future...

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