Clinical study of Early Start Denver Model intervention shows that it improves not only social skills, but also brain responses to social cues
Julia Bailey, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles (Young Investigator)
Thomas Bourgeron, Ph. D., Pasteur Institute (Pilot Project)
Huda Zoghbi, M.D., Baylor College of Medicine (Genius Award)
The funds received through the Cure Autism Now Genius Award will allow us to explore new approaches to identify some of the molecular genetic pathways involved in autism. Our strategy will focus on the following hypothesis: Genes that are key in mediating prominent phenotypes seen in autistic patients are likely to be mutated, at least, in a subset of autism patients. A two-pronged approach will be taken to hone in on the most promising candidate pathways.
The Prevalence of Mutations in X-Chromosome Linked Genes (Pilot Project Award)
Jozef Gecz, Ph.D., Women's and Children's Hospital, Australia
Cure Autism Now funded a variety of science programs designed to encourage innovative approaches toward identifying the causes, developing means of prevention and treatment and ultimately, finding a cure for autism and related disorders.
Field-building research grants were a core feature of Cure Autism Now's science program: Pilot Project, Young Investigator, Treatment, and Innovative Technology in Autism grants were born out of the necessity to stimulate novel research and entice investigators to join the fight to understand autism.
NEW YORK, NY (April 2, 2008) – Autism Speaks, the nation's largest autism advocacy organization along with the Allen Institute for Brain Science and one of the country's leading autism researchers will join forces on a new research grant that will examine the architecture of the autistic brain.