Autism, education and gut bugs – Spotlight on autism research webinar replay 

November 23, 2023

Images of the three presenters, Dr Nick Bowden, Professor Justin O’Sullivan and Professor Wayne Cutfield. Text reads, Spotlight on Autism Research - Webinar.

22 November 2023 – Altogether Autism is thankful to have been a part of the Spotlight on Autism Research Webinar discussing cutting-edge research about health and education for Autistic people, including data found during Professor Cutfield’s ‘Gut Bugs in Autism’ study.

The Spotlight on Autism Research Webinar discussed the long-term benefits of funding support in health and education, as well as the cutting-edge, world-first research about gut microbiome transfers to relieve gut issues. 

This webinar was produced in partnership with A Better Start – National Science Challenge, The Liggins Institute – The University of Auckland, Altogether Autism, Autism New Zealand, and The Gut Bugs Team.

The Gut Bugs team are continuing to take participants for their Gut Bugs and Autism study.  Learn more on the Auckland University Website.

For more information on supporting young Autistics in education, view our Tertiary Education guides.



Webinar Timeline: 

(00:00) Altogether Autism’s very own Catherine Trezona opens the webinar alongside Autism New Zealand’s Ruth Monk. 

(02:48) Dr Nick Bowden speaks about his research on the impact of health and education-based supports for autistic young people. 

(17:08) Director of the Liggins Institute, Professor Justin O’Sullivan, speaks about the very latest of what we know about the genetics of autism through his team’s research. 

(31:20) Professor Wayne Cutfield speaks on the gut microbiome and the benefits of gut microbiome transfer for Autistic people. 

(44:30) The three presenters take audience questions and discuss their research further.  


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