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1999 Awards (NAAR)

The 1999 Research Awards marked the third year NAAR funded autism research programs and the first time the organization had funded autism research in Europe. NAAR invested $800,000 in 1999 to fund 14 pilot studies and two mentor-based fellowships in the United States, Russia and Italy.

Pavel Belichenko, M.D., Ph.D.
Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Moscow, Russia
"The Role of the Brain-Directed Autoimmune Reaction in the Pathogenesis of Infantile Autism in Children and Young Adults".
One-Year Award: $30,000
Research Partner: Solving the Mystery of Autism Foundation, Inc.

David R. Cool, Ph.D.
Wright State University, Dayton, OH
"Neuro-Endocrine Peptide Hormones are Implicated in Social Behavior Development: Oxytocin Involvement in Autism".
Two-Year Award: $60,000
Research Partner: Autism Society of Cincinnati
Research Partner: Solving the Mystery of Autism Foundation

Guinevere Eden, D.Phil.
Georgetown University Institute for Cognitive and Computational Sciences, Washington, D.C.
"Functional Neuroanatomy of Reading in Hyperlexic Children Studied with Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging".
Two-Year Award: $59,989
Research Partner: Autism Coalition for Research & Education

Robert Holson, Ph.D.
New Mexico Tech, Socorro, NM
"Gestational Retinoic Acid Exposure: An Animal Model of Autism".
One-Year Award: $29,480

Flavio Keller, M.D.
Libera Universita, Campus Bio-Medico (Rome, Italy)
"Characterization of the Serotonin Blood Levels and of the Serotonin Uptake Stimulating Peptides in Plasma of Normal Subjects and Autistic Patients".
One-Year Award: $19,492

Anne Messer, Ph.D.
Wadsworth Center, New York, State Department of Health, Albany, NY
"Manipulating the Differentiation of Survival of Cerebellar Purkinje Cells".
One-Year Award: $30,000 (continuation grant)
Research Partner: Madeline & Arthur Millman, on behalf of the Autism Society of America Foundation

Judith Miles, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
"Identification of Dysmorphology Based Autism Groups".
Two-Year Award: $60,000

Timothy P.L. Roberts, Ph.D.
University of California-San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
"Cortical Processing of Complex Sounds: Implications for Language Impairment in the Autistic Brain".
Two-Year Award: $57,852
Research Partner: Autism Coalition for Research & Education
Research Partner: Toys R Us, Inc.

Donald C. Rojas, Ph.D.
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
"Anatomical and Functional Development of the Auditory Cortex in Children with Autism".
Two-Year Award: $56,603 Research Partner: New Orleans Friends of NAAR

Gleb P. Shumyatsky, Ph.D.
Columbia University, New York NY
"A Genetic Analysis of the Role of the Amygdala in Autistic Behavior using Genetically Modified Mice".
Two-Year Award: $59,882
Research Partners: Mellanby Family & Autism Society of Broward County

Moyra Smith, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California-Irvine, Irvine, CA
"Analysis of Chromosome 15q22 Deletion Associated with Autism and Immune Deficiency".
One-Year Award: $30,000

Wayne L. Strauss, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
NAAR/Bristol-Myers Squibb Research Fellowship in Autism and Neuropharmacology.
One-Year Award: $60,000

Christopher J. Stodgell, Ph.D.
University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
Roland D. Ciaranello, M.D. Memorial Fellowship in Basic Research.
Two-Year Award: $100,000

Karen M. Weidenheim, M.D.
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY
"Role of Connectivity in Autism".
Two-Year Award: $59,840
Research Partner: The Mellanby Family & Autism Society of Broward County

John P. Welsh, Ph.D. New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY
"Functional Analysis of Rodent Autism Model".
Two-Year Award: $60,000

James T. Winslow, Ph.D. Emory University, Atlanta, GA
"Characterization of the Social Behavior of Inbred Mouse Strains".
One-Year Award: $30,000