Sunday, May 5, 2019

Gaps in Current Autism Research: The Thoughts of the Autism Research Editorial Board and Associate Editors

Anthony Bailey, University of British Columbia
Despite a welcome recent shift, a very small proportion of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) research focuses on the needs of affected adults, despite these individuals constituting the bulk of the ASD population and incurring over 90% of ASD related costs. The significance of this research gap is amplified by the relative lack of services for adults with ASD, which is particularly marked for those with intellectual abilities within the typical range.
Ralph‐Axel Mueller, Dept. of Psychology, San Diego State University
After decades of research activity, the neuroimaging community has yet to generate a clear picture of critical brain features in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). An underlying challenge is that the field needs to take heed of its own insights.
Andrew Whitehouse, Telethon Kids Institute, University of Western Australia
Despite an improvement over the past 5 years, there remains a substantial dearth of rigorous clinical trials of existing and new interventions.