Saturday, April 19, 2008

Research Blog on Autism

The Autism Research Blog is a Web 2.o solution to translating scientific findings for the general public. The author describes himself as: "a clinical child psychologist and neuroscience researcher working at a large Midwest university-based child psychiatric institute" and gives the following purpose of the blog:

Translating Autism is an autism research blog intended to rapidly disseminate the latest scientific findings related to the nature, causes, & treatments of autism spectrum disorders. Only a minuscule portion of the autism research ever reach parents, educators and consumers, and this blog was created to help close that gap. In this blog I present scientific findings with some, but minimal, editorial content.
This recent post on the history of the controversy on the relationship between vaccines and autism.

As a scientist I find this a good summary and a thoughtful presentation of the evidence. But what does the public think in general? Is this convincing to parents? Is this a good way to present science?

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