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Community Update: COVID-19 Commentary, Cortical MAGICC, IACC Progress | Spectrum | Autism Research News

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Before jumping into the ‘science on social media’ pool this Sunday, happy June 19th and Happy Father’s Day to our real-life readers.

Alright, forward. A comment about JAMA Network Open paper caused a stir on Twitter this week. The comment was posted by Science Media Centera charity in the UK dedicated to providing evidence-based scientific information to the public and policy makers.

“Please see comments from me and others before retweeting this,” he tweeted. Dorothee BishopProfessor of Developmental Neuropsychology at the University of Oxford in the UK, offering a link to the comment and a tweet about the JAMA article stating that “infants exposed in utero to #COVID19 are almost 2 times more likely to have developmental disabilities”.

“This study provides evidence that women who tested positive for COVID-19 had babies with neurodevelopmental issues. There is no evidence that the association is causal,” wrote Dimitrios Siassakosprofessor of obstetrics and gynecology at University College London, in the comment.

When Spectrum explored this same question in an article in March, experts told us what Bishop concluded in his comments to the charity: “As the authors note, the main implication is that it would be worth doing a large prospective study on older children using standard quantitative measures of neurodevelopment to investigate whether maternal COVID in pregnancy affects offspring.

“JAMA open hunt for alternative metrics? » tweeted Philip Richmondresearcher at the British Columbia Children’s Hospital Research Institute in Canada.

Investigators were “clear [the study] had limitations and was preliminary,” Bishop replied, but it was unclear why the newspaper not only published the article, but gave it a press release.

Brandolini’s Law in action,” tweeted Martin van Smedenassociate professor of epidemiology at the University Medical Center of Utrecht in the Netherlands.

Just a quick interview note: here at Spectrum, we want to post comments faster on autism-related articles. For example, we were surprised in February when JAMA Pediatrics published a study link autism to screen time — and we published a brief essay of Kristin Sainaniassociate professor of statistics at Stanford University, highlighting why he was difficult to draw conclusions from these results. If you are a researcher and see an article you would like to comment on, send your comments to [email protected].

Our pre-printed watch has spotted a fresh take on cortical development at different scales in bioRxiv. The article shows how MAGICC – Multi-Scale Atlas of Gene Expression for Integrative Cortical Mapping – can connect dense expression maps, gene sets and annotationstweeted Konrad WagstyleHonorary Research Fellow in Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychiatry at University College London.

Wow beautiful“, tweeted Sofie ValkHead of the Cognitive Neurogenetics Research Group at the Max Planck Institute in Sachsen, Germany.

During the first week of June, the Interagency Coordinating Committee on Autism announced its Summary of progress 2020with the “Top 20 Most Important Autism Research Papers of 2020.”

To celebrate the inclusion of Goal of the project in the top 20, Michael Sandbank, assistant professor of special education at the University of Texas at Austin, who led the effort, resurrected the “how it started, how it goesmeme, tagging his colleagues Kristen Bottema Beutelassociate professor of special education at Boston College in Massachusetts, and “Tiffany Woynaroski without twitter”. Woynaroski is an assistant professor of hearing and speech sciences at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

So proud by Michael Sandbank,” Bottema-Beutel tweeted with champagne and “tada” emoticons.

A brief thread details new findings on social attention in women with autism. The paper describes different modelsincluding one that shows how women with autism have “their own age-related change in appearance over time, which may indicate that there is a sensitive temporal window of learning (something related to faces) that doesn’t not overlap with non-autistic women,” the co-investigator tweeted. Therese Del Blancopostdoctoral researcher in brain and cognitive development at Birkbeck, University of London in the UK

large paper!” tweeted Claire Harrop, assistant professor of allied health sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “All the things this nerd loves :)”

Nerd minds think the same way!” Del Bianco replied

That’s it for this week’s Community Newsletter! If you have any suggestions for interesting social posts you’ve seen in autism research, please feel free to email [email protected].

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