Introducing a new blog series featuring our predoctoral and postdoctoral research fellows and their groundbreaking research projects
By Mathew Pletcher, Autism Speaks’ interim chief science officer
It’s my pleasure to introduce a new blog series profiling Autism Speaks research fellows and their innovative research projects. We’ve invited our Weatherstone predoctoral fellows and our Meixner postdoctoral fellows to share their first-hand accounts of their studies, many of which involve clinical trials aimed at directly helping men, women and children from across the autism spectrum.
From the very start of our organization, we at Autism Speaks have understood that we must transform the field of autism research if we are going to deliver the resources and answers our community so desperately needs.
Over the last ten years, we’ve invested more than $200 million into cutting-edge research, made possible by our donors, volunteers and families. At the same time, we realize that autism research will only be as good as the smart and creative scientists we entrust with this funding.
That’s why – year after year – we set aside a significant portion of our research funds to support the training of researchers just beginning their careers through our highly competitive Predoctoral Weatherstone Fellowships and our Meixner Postdoctoral Fellowships in Translational Research.
We are growing the next generation of autism researchers at the same time as we are enabling them to pursue transformative research projects today.
We hope you will enjoy reading about our fellows’ work. I am already excited by the new ideas and conversations that this series is sure to spark.
Look for our fellows' posts Tuesdays, alternating with posts from our Autism Treatment Network, starting today with Sarah Slocum’s important insights on de-escalating dangerous autism-related behaviors, here.
Editor's note: Of course, this isn't the first time we're reporting on our research fellows' ground-breaking work. You may find the following archived news stories and blog posts of particular interest: