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Autism Speaks Announces $6.9 Million in New Biomedical Research Grants

63 projects To Be Funded in Three Separate Categories

(NEW YORK, NY - June 19, 2006) – Autism Speaks is funding 63 new biomedical research projects at a total value of over $6.9 million. The awards cover a broad spectrum of autism sciences, including cognitive/motor processing, diagnosis, epidemiology, genetics, language and communication, neurobiology (including molecular biology and immunology), neuroimaging, neuropathology and treatment.

Three categories of grants are being funded:

  • “Autism Speaks Pilot Grant Awards in Autism Research” was allocated $5.6 million to support 50 projects (click here for more)
  • “Research Grants in Autism, administered by the Dana Foundation” was awarded $1.2 million in total to support 12 projects (click here for more)
  • A special joint endeavor with the International Clinical Epidemiology Network (INCLEN) entitled “Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Among Children in India” was awarded $100,000, to be matched by an additional $400,000 from other sources (click here for more)

All grant applications were reviewed and approved by the Autism Speaks 13-member Scientific Advisory Board. Final recommendations were presented to and approved by the Autism Speaks Board of Directors on June 13, 2006. Autism Speaks expects to announce the recipients of its fellowship grants in October 2006.

Autism is a complex brain disorder that inhibits a person's ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by extreme behavioral challenges. Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 166 children, affecting four times as many boys as girls. The diagnosis of autism has increased tenfold in the last decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.

Autism Speaks is dedicated to accelerating and funding biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for autism spectrum disorders; to increasing awareness of the nation's fastest growing developmental disorder; and to advocating for the needs of affected families. The legislative agenda of Autism Speaks is to influence public policy and federal funding related to autism spectrum disorders. Autism Speaks is committed to working with other national and regional autism organizations to achieve this goal. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit