The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) has awarded one of six Cozzarelli Prizes for an outstanding PNAS paper published in 2006 to Dr. Pat Levitt from Vanderbilt University for his paper entitled, "A genetic variant that disrupts MET transcription is associated with autism." This paper included data from 539 families from Cure Autism Now's Autism Genetic Resource Exchange (AGRE).
Papers receiving the Cozzarelli Prize were chosen from the 3,300 research articles published in PNAS in 2006. Dr. Levitt is the Director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development and chaired the Cure Autism Now Scientific Advisory Board for four years. Cure Autism Now and Autism Speaks congratulate Dr. Levitt and his colleagues on this tremendous accomplishment and advancement in the field of autism research.