Michele Solis is a science writer based in Seattle, WA. She covers brain-related topics for general and scientific audiences alike, and has contributed to many publications, including Scientific American Mind, Nature and Pharmaceutical Journal. Much of her work centers on the biology of mental illness, but other topics have included pain, obesity and robotic surgery.
SFARI held a virtual version of its spring science meeting in a series of four webinars in April and May 2021. The webinars were organized around themes of importance in autism research, including biological convergence, sensory sensitivity, treatment development and genetic risk.
On June 25 and 28, 2021, SFARI hosted a workshop to discuss sleep challenges in autism and learn more about ways to improve sleep quality in individuals with the condition. The workshop gathered nearly 40 attendees, including academic researchers, pharmaceutical companies, family organizations and SFARI staff.
On April 26 and 29, 2021, SFARI and the Simons Initiative for the Developing Brain hosted a virtual workshop that focused on the use of rats as a model system for autism spectrum disorder. The workshop discussed advantages and limitations of using rat models, evaluated the need for cross-species studies and considered strategies to move the field forward.