, Volume 41, Issue 4, pp 395-404
Date: 12 Feb 2011

Progress in Understanding Autism: 2007–2010

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Scientific progress is discussed in relation to clinical issues; genetic issues; environmental issues; and the state of play on psychological treatments. It is concluded that substantial gains in knowledge have been achieved during the last 3 years, and there have been some unexpected findings, but major puzzles remain. We should be hopeful of ever greater gains in the years ahead, but both prevention and cure remain elusive.

Paper based on a state-of-the-art lecture in the 9th International Congress of Autism Europe in Catania, Sicily 8th–10th October 2010.