Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 41, Issue 4, pp 395–404

Progress in Understanding Autism: 2007–2010

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10803-011-1184-2

Cite this article as:
Rutter, M.L. J Autism Dev Disord (2011) 41: 395. doi:10.1007/s10803-011-1184-2


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.


Scientific advancesResearch challenges

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.MRC Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of PsychiatryKing’s College LondonLondonUK