There's a torrent of news reports about autism-related research studies coming out. The Autism Speaks website has a useful list of topics and links to reports and information about these varied research efforts dating back to November 2005.
Find the list by clicking on this website link. The list of research topics includes autism-related inquiries into the environment's impact on human health; autism's link to brain structure; and the role of genetics in autism research. The most recent symposium, held Oct. 13 in Boston, convened a group of doctors to review the status of research into gastrointestinal disorders and autism, develop a consensus on the best areas of future research and the best G-I medical treatments for people with autism. Autism Speaks promises to make a report about the meeting public.