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Autism and Dementia

autismspeaksAutism Speaks is a large world-wide organization that works to increase public awareness about autism, stimulate and fund research into the disorder, and advocate for those with the condition.  On June 23,2013, they announced that they will be awarding $685,968 to fund six postdoctoral fellowships to study the disorder, as well as a research study on dementia in older adults who have autism.

Marsha Mailick, Ph.D., of the University of Wisconsin Waisman Center, will be leading a follow-up study to determine whether individuals who have autism are more prone to develop dementia in later life, as well as developing a screening tool to aid in determining whether adults with autism have dementia.

Sources:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-06/as-asf062613.php

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