A team of researchers at the University of Texas' Southwestern Medical Center has genetically engineered mice with a genetic mutation that has been found in some people with autism. These mice may offer researchers a new means for studying how specific defects in brain development might lead to autism.
Dr. Manuel Casanova, Autism Speaks and Autism Tissue Program Researcher, has organized a conference entitled “Cortical Modularity in Autism”. This 2 day symposium, to be held October 12-14, 2007, in Louisville, KY, will encourage communication and in-depth discussion of a broad range of subjects under the unifying theme of cortical modularity. The topics to be covered at the conference span a wide spectrum of resolution from the whole brain to the interaction of neurons within the cortex on a cellular basis.
In 2003, NAAR committed approximately $4.9 million to fund 35 pilot studies, 13 pre- and post-doctoral fellowships and two autism training programs. NAAR's 2003 research commitments funded autism investigations in the U.S., Canada, England, Scotland and Denmark. As part of the 2003 awards, NAAR is co-sponsoring two autism training programs in partnership with the Canadian Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction.