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Autism researchers Coyle, Lord and State win international honors

Autism Speaks congratulates Joe Coyle, Cathy Lord and Matt State on receiving the National Academy of Medicine’s Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health
October 15, 2017

Autism Speaks is pleased to see three leaders in autism research honored with the National Academy of Medicine’s 2017 Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health.

Child psychologist Joseph Coyle, of Harvard Medical School, is being honored for his revolutionary work integrating neuroscience and clinical psychiatry, which shifted psychiatry’s emphasis toward brain research. Child psychologist Catherine Lord and geneticist Matthew State are being honored as a team, for designing gold-standard diagnostic methods for autism (Dr. Lord) and using these tools to advance the study of autism genetics and genomics (Dr. State).

Drs. Coyle and Lord are members of the Autism Speaks Medical and Science Advisory Committee. Dr. State’s research has made fruitful use of Autism Speaks’ longstanding autism genome-sequencing programs, which are now part of MSSNG (pronounced “missing”) the world’s largest whole genome databank for autism research.

Read more about their award-winning research and National Academy of Medicine honors here.