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Autism Research Centre publishes state-of-the-art Lancet review on autism to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the discovery of autism

A state-of-the-art review - part of the ‘Seminars’ series in The Lancet is published online on September 26th, 2013, by Cambridge autism researchers Dr Meng-Chuan Lai, Dr Michael Lombardo and Professor Simon Baron-Cohen. The Lancet Seminars are a seminal series focusing on specific clinical conditions, and has long been regarded as the go-to tutorial for doctors and clinical researchers worldwide. This review is the fourth of its kind, following precedents by world-renowned autism researcher Susan Levy, David Mandell and Robert Schultz in 2009, Fred Volkmar and David Pauls in 2003, and Lorna Wing in 1997. This new review from Cambridge covers the exponential development of autism research, particularly in the past five years.

Resource: The Lancet

Autism affects different parts of the brain in women and men

New research sheds light on previously under-researched area of study – females with autism. Autism affects different parts of the brain in females with autism than males with autism, a new study reveals. The research is published in the journal Brain as an open-access article.

Do girls with anorexia nervosa have elevated autistic traits?

Patients with anorexia may have elevated autistic traits. In this study, we tested test whether patients with anorexia nervosa (anorexia) have an elevated score on a dimensional measure of autistic traits, the Autism Spectrum Quotient (AQ), as well as on trait measures relevant to the autism spectrum: the Empathy Quotient (EQ), and the Systemizing Quotient (SQ).

Cambridge Lifespan Asperger Syndrome Service moving

The Cambridge Lifespan Asperger Syndrome Service (CLASS) moved to The Chitra Sethia Autism Centre, based on the Fulbourn Hospital site on 15th August 2013.
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Recent ARC Publications ( Search all ARC publications )

Parental concerns, socio-economic status, and the risk of autism spectrum conditions in a population-based study

X Sun, C Allison, B Auyeung, S Baron-Cohen, C Brayne

Abnormal Functional Activation and Maturation of Fronto-Striato-Temporal and Cerebellar Regions During Sustained Attention in Autism Spectrum Disorder

C M Murphy, A Christakou, E M Daly, C Ecker, V Giampietro, M Brammer, A B Smith, P Johnston, D M Robertson

Lost for emotion words: What motor and limbic brain activity reveals about autism and semantic theory

R L Moseley, Y Shtyrova, B Mohr, M V Lombardo, S Baron-Cohen, F Pulvermüller

Genetic variation in the oxytocin receptor (OXTR) gene is associated with Asperger Syndrome

Di Napoli, V Warrier, S Baron-Cohen, B Chakrabarti

White-matter relaxation time and myelin water fraction differences in young adults with autism

S. C. L. Deoni, J. R. Zinkstok, E. Daly, C. Ecke, MRC AIMS Consortium, S. C. R. Williams, D. G. M. Murphy

Neuroanatomy of Individual Differences in Language in Adult Males with Autism

M-C Lai, M Lombardo, C Ecker, B Chakrabarti, J Suckling, E Bullmore, F Happé, MRC AIMS Consortium, D Murphy, S Baron-Cohen

The Neuropsychology of Male Adults With High-Functioning Autism or Asperger Syndrome

C Wilson, F Happé, S Wheelwright, C Ecker, M Lombardo, P Johnston, E Daly, C Murphy, D Spain, M-C Lai, B Chakrabarti, D Sauter, MRC AIMS Consortium, S Baron-Cohen, D Murphy

Are Power Calculations Useful? A Multicentre Neuroimaging Study

J Suckling, J Henty, C Ecker, S Deoni, M Lombardo, S Baron-Cohen, P Jezzard, A Barnes, B Chakrabarti, C Ooi, M-C Lai, S Williams, D Murphy, E Bullmore, the MRC AIMS Consortium

Repetition Suppression in Ventral Visual Cortex Is Diminished as a Function of Increasing Autistic Traits

M Ewbank, G Rhodes, E von dem Hagen, T Powell, N Bright, R Stoyanova, S Baron-Cohen, A Calder

The latent structure of cognitive and emotional empathy in individuals with autism, first-degree relatives and typical individuals

R Grove, A Baillie, C Allison, S Baron-Cohen, R Hoekstra

Global motion perception deficits in autism are reflected as early as primary visual cortex

C Robertson, C Thomas, D Kravitz, G Wallace, S Baron-Cohen, A Martin, C Baker

Abnormal Functional Activation and Maturation of Fronto-Striato-Temporal and Cerebellar Regions During Sustained Attention in Autism Spectrum Disorder

C Murphy, A Christakou, E Daly, C Ecker, V Giampietro, M Brammer, A Smith, P Johnston, D Robertson, MRC AIMS Consortium, D Murphy, K Rubia

‘Reading the Mind in the Eyes’: an fMRI study of adolescents with autism and their siblings

R Holt, L Chura1, M-C Lai, J Suckling, E von dem Hagen, A Calder, E Bullmore, S Baron-Cohen, M Spencer

Face engagement during infancy predicts later face recognition ability in younger siblings of children with autism

C de Klerk, T Gliga, A Charman, M Johnson and the BASIS team

Additive effects of social and non-social attention during infancy relate to later autism spectrum disorder

R Bedford, A Pickles, T Gliga, M Elsabbagh, T Charman, M Johnson and the BASIS Team

Attenuation of Typical Sex Differences in 800 Adults with Autism vs 3,900 Controls

S Baron-Cohen, S Cassidy, B Auyeung, C Allison, M Achoukhi, S Robertson, A Pohl, M-C Lai

Suicidal ideation and suicide plans or attempts in adults with Asperger’s syndrome attending a specialist diagnostic clinic: a clinical cohort study

S Cassidy, P Bradley, J Robinson, C Allison, M McHugh, S Baron-Cohen

Disorder-specific functional abnormalities during temporal discounting in youth with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism and comorbid ADHD and Autism

K Chantiluke, A Christakou, C Murphy, V Giampietro, E Daly, C Ecker, M Brammer, D Murphy, the MRC AIMS Consortium, K Rubia

Elevated fetal steroidogenic activity in autism

S Baron-Cohen, B Auyeung, B Nørgaard-Pedersen, D Hougaard, M Abdallah, L Melgaard, A Cohen, B Chakrabarti, L Ruta, and M Lombardo

Identifying endophenotypes of autism: a multivariate approach

F Segovia, R Holt, M Spencer, J Górriz, J Ramírez, C Puntonet, C Phillips, L Chura, S Baron-Cohen, J Suckling

The Sensory Perception Quotient (SPQ): development and validation of a new sensory questionnaire for adults with and without autism

T Tavassoli, R Hoekstra, S Baron-Cohen

Comparison between a Mandarin Chinese version of the Childhood Autism Spectrum Test and the Clancy Autism Behaviour Scale in mainland China

X Sun, C Allison, B Auyeung, F Matthews, Z Zhang, S Baron-Cohen, C Brayne

Uncovering steroidopathy in women with autism: a latent class analysis

A Pohl, S Cassidy, B Auyeung, S Baron-Cohen

A Genome Wide Association Study of Mathematical Ability Reveals an Association at Chromosome 3q29, a Locus Associated with Autism and Learning Difficulties: A Preliminary Study

S Baron-Cohen, L Murphy, B Chakrabarti, I Craig, U Mallya, S Lakatos, K Rehnstrom, L Peltonen, S Wheelwright, C Allison, S Fisher, V Warrier

The “Reading the Mind in the Eyes” test: Investigation of psychometric properties and test - retest reliability of Persian version in a one-year follow up

B Khorashad, S Kazemi, L Khazaei, G Roshan, Z Aghili, S Baron-Cohen

Empathising and Systemising in Adolescents with Gender Dysphoria

D Di Ceglie, E Skagerberg, S Baron-Cohen, B Auyeung

STX1A and Asperger syndrome: a replication study

J Durdiaková, V Warrier, S Banerjee-Basu, S Baron-Cohen, B Chakrabarti

The oxytocin paradox

R Bethlehem, S Baron-Cohen, J van Honk, B Auyeung, P Bos

Early and persistent motor difficulties in infants at-risk of developing autism spectrum disorder: A prospective study

H Leonard, M Elsabbagh, E Hill & the BASIS team

Psychometric Properties of the Mandarin Version of the Childhood Autism Spectrum Test (CAST): An Exploratory Study

X Sun C Allison B Auyeung F Matthews S Norton S Baron-Cohen C Brayne

A meta-analysis of sex differences in human brain structure

A Ruigrok, G Salimi-Khorshidi, M-C Lai, S Baron-Cohen, M Lombardo, R Tait, J Suckling

The effects of oxytocin on social reward learning in humans

R Clark-Elford, P Nathan, B Auyeung, V Voon, A Sule, U Müller, R Dudas, B Sahakian, K Luan Phan, S Baron-Cohen

Serum proteomic analysis identifies sex-specific differences in lipid metabolism and inflammation profiles in adults diagnosed with Asperger syndrome

H Steeb, J M Ramsey, P C Guest, P Stocki, J D Cooper, H Rahmoune, E Ingudomnukul, B Auyeung, L Ruta, S Baron-Cohen, S Bahn

Reliability of self, parental, and researcher measurements of head circumference

J C Sullivan, T Tavassoli, K Armstrong, S Baron-Cohen A Humphrey