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Australasian Society for Autism Research Conference 2018

Happy New Year!

In December last year, a few us attended the Australasian Society for Autism Research (ASfAR) Conference hosted by Griffith University in the sunny Gold Coast, Queensland. Our team presented a broad range of research covering early predictors (e.g., morning sickness and facial phenotype), neuroimaging (EEG and Doppler), functional outcomes, and parents’ experiences of raising siblings of autistic children.  

Diana presented two posters on her work involving facial phenotypes in autism. In one study, she observed sex-specific relationships between the appearance of facial masculinity/femininity and the levels of autistic traits. In another study, she found facial hypermasculinity in brothers but not sisters of autistic children.

Another neuroimaging expert from our lab, Anna Jorgensen, presented her findings using electrophysiological (EEG) techniques to understand temporal auditory processing among neurotypical individuals with varying levels of autistic traits.

Dominique presented a poster sharing her findings from interviewing parents of autistic children to understand their experiences of pregnancy and parenting their second child after their first child received an ASD diagnosis.

These studies are preliminary and unpublished (except the morning sickness study), therefore any thoughts and comments are most welcome!!