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Reviewing healthcare barriers for autistic people

Reviewing healthcare barriers for autistic people

Our news item published on May 19th 2021 highlighted ways that the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing healthcare inequalities for autistic people. We now report on a recently-published systematic review that aimed to identify the broader range of healthcare...

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COVID exacerbates healthcare inequalities for autistic people

COVID exacerbates healthcare inequalities for autistic people

According to a new AIMS-2-TRIALS study published today in BMJ OPEN, the COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated existing healthcare inequalities for autistic people and has likely contributed to disproportionate increases in morbidity and mortality, mental health/...

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Distinct behavioural profiles of autism matter

Distinct behavioural profiles of autism matter

New AIMS-2-TRIALS research finds that autistic people with more social communication difficulties have different brain connectivity compared to autistic people with an equal mix of social traits and repetitive behaviours. Background A diagnosis of autism includes the...

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Professor Emily Jones on PsychologiCall Podcast

Professor Emily Jones on PsychologiCall Podcast

Listen to AIMS-2-TRIALS researcher Professor Emily Jones talk about her work on theta waves and information processing on the PsychologiCall podcast. During this podcast she talks about her research looking at how changes in early brain activity may predict later...

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What do AIMS-2-TRIALS Autism Representatives (A-Reps) do?

What do AIMS-2-TRIALS Autism Representatives (A-Reps) do?

Autistic people have long made the case that they should be involved in research about them and many researchers now consider this to be part of the standard research process. This involvement is sometimes referred to as ‘participatory research’ and can be done in a...

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Are there differences in the brains of autistic men and women?

Are there differences in the brains of autistic men and women?

Around three times as many males are diagnosed with autism than females, which suggests that sex-related biological factors play a key role in its development. However, little is known about the ways that autistic males and females differ in terms of brain structure...

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AIMS-2-TRIALS research into autism subtypes at Birkbeck

AIMS-2-TRIALS research into autism subtypes at Birkbeck

Professor Emily Jones and her team at Birkbeck University of London are undertaking a range of research activities that follow children from infancy, or even pregnancy, into later childhood. Many of the children have parents or older siblings who are autistic and...

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New AIMS-2-TRIALS database developed by Institut Pasteur

New AIMS-2-TRIALS database developed by Institut Pasteur

A world-leading AIMS-2-TRIALS team at the Institut Pasteur (Paris) has developed a secure database to address the needs of the AIMS-2-TRIALS project, ensuring that large, multidisciplinary datasets from participants across Europe are secure, GDPR compliant and easily...

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UPDATE: Favourable feedback from European Medicines Agency

UPDATE: Favourable feedback from European Medicines Agency

Letters of support now available on the EMA website. The AIMS-2-TRIALS consortium has received feedback (qualification advice) from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on the further exploration of EEG (electroencephalography) as a potential ‘biomarker’ in autism...

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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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