ARI awarded more than $400,000 in grants to scientists whose work will have a direct impact on the lives of those on the autism spectrum. The funds supported research in immune, gastrointestinal, metabolic, neurologic, and sensory issues.
We continue to publish our quarterly science newsletter, Autism Research Review International (ARRI), summarizing current medical, sensory, and educational research.
We sponsored a major think tank, attended by researchers and experienced medical clinicians. In order to make progress in the field, ARI knows it is critical for scientists and experienced clinicians to meet and discuss issues related to treatment.
ARI helps fund two tissue banks, including a whole-body tissue bank for the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the University of Maryland, and a gastrointestinal tissue bank at the Digestive Function Laboratory Repository at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
We support an active dialogue among researchers and clinicians in a private Internet discussion group limited to those with advanced science degrees and extensive autism experience.
2016 Annual Report
ARI offers, in joint providership with the Cleveland Clinic, complimentary AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ to physicians and the general public on gastrointestinal, medical, metabolic, and neurological comorbidities in autism. This year we premiered talks on treating sleep problems by Dr. Kenneth Sassower, and on interacting with patients on the autism spectrum by Dr. Temple Grandin. We also translated videos into Spanish and Portuguese.
Since premiering these webcasts, more than 12,000 viewers have tuned in to learn about the medical comorbidities associated with ASDs. This continuing medical education activity has been reviewed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and is acceptable for a maximum of 6.00 AAP credits (per series). These credits can be applied toward the AAP CME/CPD Award available to Fellows and Candidate Members of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Our YouTube channel offers free access to experts with more than 100 free, up-to-date webcasts on medical support and educational videos, social stories, and selected talks from past conferences – users have tuned in for more than 400,000 viewings at bit.ly/autism_education.
ARI hosts three to four live webinars featuring top researchers and treatment professionals on the Internet each month in partnership with The Johnson Center for Child Health and Development. The topics include research updates, diet, nutrition, ABA, assessment, educational therapies, adult issues, and much more. Participants can receive a free Certificate of Attendance for most webinars. Visit our webinar portal at www.ariconference.com.