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Yong-hui Jiang

Autism Speaks Announces $3.6 Million in Grants Focusing on Environmental Factors and Autism

September 18, 2008

In March of 2008, Autism Speaks released a Request For Applications that solicited proposals for projects that focused on studying environmental contributions to autism, with a special emphasis on environmental factors and their interaction with genetic risk factors. In response, 60 applications were received. These included pilot applications to test new hypotheses and gather preliminary data, as well as augmentation applications that would expand current large scale studies to include a new focus on the role of the environment in autism.

Autism Speaks, Science, Latest Research

2002 Research Awards (NAAR)

In 2002, NAAR continued to drive the autism research movement and elevate the science more than any other autism organization, committing approximately $4 million to fund 22 pilot studies in autism research taking place in the U.S., England, Italy and Germany; three larger, collaborative programs in the U.S., Canada and England and 12 mentor-based fellowships in the U.S. and England. Also in 2002, NAAR played a key role in funding and presenting the first Canadian Autism Research Workshop, designed to enhance and increase autism research efforts in Canada.

2002 Grants Funded (CAN)

Studies of a serotonin transporter (5HTT) mutation associates with Asperger's syndrome

Matthew Beckman, University of Alabama at Birmingham (Young Investigator)