Autism Health Policy Forums

SafeMinds is forming Autism Health Policy Forums that address four potentially life-threatening, commonly co-occurring conditions with autism. They are:

The purpose of the forums is to identify current research findings that may have clinical application for patients with autism today—but are not yet being used in most settings. The forums will also identify gaps in research that are necessary for providing the safest and most effective treatments for people with autism.

SafeMinds research committee members are developing the parameters for each forum, and are identifying the most appropriate researchers and clinicians for them. We are also seeking funding sources, from both public and private sources, to implement the forums. If you are interested in supporting the forums, consider a donation to SafeMinds.

May 22, 2014

IMFAR – Research Needs to Improve Lives of Those Living with Autism

The International Meeting for Autism Research, commonly known as IMFAR, just concluded its annual three-day conference on May 17, 2014.  SafeMinds Board and Research Committee Member, Laurette Janak, reviewed the Autism Speaks roadmap of the conference to see what she missed out on. The roadmap can be found here. “Autism Speaks began the conference with […]

May 15, 2014

Autism’s Environmental Component: New Research Upends Scientific Orthodoxy Strangling Autism Progress

By Sallie Bernard, President, SafeMinds Bill Bernard Hiking (April 2014) New research has just come out which will hopefully drive a stake into a scientific theory that has strangled scientific progress in autism. The theory – that autism’s cause is almost entirely genetic – hasn’t matched the evidence for decades and has undermined promising avenues […]

May 07, 2014

NIH Grant Opportunity for Researchers – Due Date 8/26/14

NIH Environmental Contributors to Autism Spectrum Disorders R01 Research Project Grant due August 26 (Letter of Intent due 30 days before application). The purpose of this FOA is to stimulate and foster research to (1) identify environmental contributors to risk and expression of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and (2) understand how environmental factors impact the […]

March 17, 2014

Another smoking gun for environment/autism link

An analysis of 100 million US medical records reveals that autism and intellectual disability rates correlate with genital malformation incidence in newborn males, an indicator of exposure to harmful environmental factors. The study also finds that Autism and intellectual disability incidence decreases dramatically in states with stronger regulations on diagnosis.Read article. An innovative methodology from […]

January 07, 2014

SafeMinds 2013 “Research that focuses on need to know, not nice to know science.”

It is now widely accepted that environmental factors play a huge role in the etiology of autism.  But to date, we have little research that helps us to understand why some children are more vulnerable to such exposures and what those exposures might be so they can be successfully treated and avoided. Therefore, SafeMinds has […]

September 14, 2013

Impacts of Low-Dose Mercury Exposure in Early Life

Dr. Jose Dorea holds advanced degrees from the University of Massachusetts (MSc and PhD). He has worked at Iowa State University (USA), University of Hawaii (USA), and is currently faculty at  Universidade de Brasilia (Brazil). His main scientific interest include infant nutrition and environmental impact of toxic substances on growth and development of children. He […]

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