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Grants Related to Potential Environmental Factors in Autism

Autism Speaks is committed to facilitating research that will uncover the causes of autism and develop effective biomedical treatments. As part of this commitment, Autism Speaks has funded research projects that explore potential environmental factors in autism. For the years 2006-2011, Autism Speaks is funding $27,916,097 for environmental research.

These current grants build on previous commitments by the National Alliance for Autism Research, or NAAR, and Cure Autism Now. From 1997-2005, NAAR funded $2,164,888 in grants on environmental factors (click here for details) while from 2000-2005 Cure Autism Now funded $828,041 in such research (click here for details). The combined funding commitment to date on autism environmental sciences is $16,347,559.

Autism Speaks Support of Environmental Factors in Autism

This funding has included support for:

  • Pilot Studies
  • Basic and Clinical Research Studies
  • Fellowships and Young Investigator Awards
  • Special Projects
  • Augmentation and Bridge Awards
  • Environmental Innovative Award
  • The Interactive Autism Network (IAN)
  • Meetings and Conferences to promote research in environmental sciences

Topics of research include:

The direct role of toxicants and other environmental factors

Studies which indirectly assess toxicant exposure, or pathways in which environmental factors may act in the brain (for example, the immune system or the oxidative stress pathway)

Other areas of study of environmental factors:

  • Molecular biology and toxicology using animal and in-vitro models
  • Epidemiological studies in international territories, illustrating potential gene-environmental interactions
  • Assessment of environmental factors which are not considered toxicants (for example, diet and prenatal hormone levels)

Titlesort icon Institution City State Grant Year
Multi-Registry Analyses - Israel Sheba Medical Center Tel Hashomer 2008  
Multi-Registry Analyses - Norway Norwegian Institute of Public Health Oslo 2008  
Multi-Registry Analyses - Sweden Karolinska Institutet Stockholm 2008  
Multi-Registry Analyses - Western Australia University of Western Australia Perth 2008  
Neuroinflammation, the kynurenine pathway, and autism University of Maryland, College Park College Park MD 2006  
Oxidative Stress and Immune Response in Autism Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities Staten Island NY 2007  
Parental Exposures to Occupational Asthmagens and Risk of Autism Spectrum Disorders Johns Hopkins University Baltimore MD 2013  
Parents and professionals attitudes to dietary interventions in ASD (PADIA) Newcastle University Newcastle upon Tyne 2008  
Perinatal Exposure to Airborne Pollutants and Associations with Autism Phenotype University of Southern California Los Angeles CA 2011  
PET/MRI investigation of neuroinflammation in autism spectrum disorders Massachusetts General Hospital Boston MA 2014  
Prenatal Androgen in Meconium and Early Autism Spectrum Disorder Related Neurodevelopmental Outcomes Drexel University Philadelphia PA 2013  
Prenatal PBDE exposure and ASD-related developmental outcomes in the EARLI cohort Drexel University Philadelphia PA 2012  
Role of Cytokines in Mediating the Effects of Maternal Immune Activation on the Fetal Brain California Institute of Technology Pasadena CA 2006  
Saint Louis University-The Knights of Columbus Child Development Center Saint Louis University St. Louis MO 2014  
Teratogen induced ASD and brainstem development National Institute for Medical Research London 2006  
Teratology Society Meeting Support University of California, San Diego La Jolla CA 2009  
The pathogenesis of autism: maternal antibody exposure in the fetal brain The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research Manhasset NY 2008  
The role of neuroinflammation in ASD-related behaviors, hyper-excitability and epilepsy University of Colorado, Boulder Boulder CO 2010  
TMLHE deficiency and a carnitine hypothesis for autism Baylor College of Medicine Houston TX 2011  
UC Davis Center for Children’s Environmental Health (CCEH) Bridge University of California, Davis Davis CA 2012  
Utilization of the Navigation Guide to Understand Environmental Exposures and Risk of ASD University of California, San Francisco San Francisco CA 2014  
Vaccination with regression study Kaiser Permanente, Center for Health Research-Southeast Atlanta GA 2009  
Vertical viral transmission as a frequent cause of autism University Campus Bio-Medico of Roma Rome 2010  
Vitamin D Status and Autism Spectrum Disorder: Is there an association? University of California, Davis Davis CA 2008  
Vulnerability phenotypes and susceptibility to environmental toxicants: from organism to mechanism University of Rochester Rochester NY 2008