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Autism Stem-Cell Therapy to Be Tested in Children in Trials

Source: 
Bloomberg
Date Published: 
August 21, 2012
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Sutter Neuroscience Institute and CBR (Cord Blood Registry) are launching the first FDA-approved clinical trial to assess the use of a child's own cord blood stem cells to treat select patients with autism.

Autism Research Sees Explosive Growth

Source: 
DisabilityScoop
Date Published: 
August 20, 2012
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We're so proud to be a part of this statistic! According to a report released by Thomson Reuters, there was a 12-fold increase in the number of scientific journal articles focused on autism in the last 30 years.

Report Assesses Collaboration Among Worldwide ASD Researchers

Source: 
Office of Autism Research Coordination (OARC)
Date Published: 
August 17, 2012
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An expanded report released by Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) and the Office of Autism Research Coordination (OARC) helps inform autism research strategic planning effort by assessing the institutions conducting ASD research and the funding organizations supporting the research publications, as well as the extent of collaboration between authors.

Autism Science Foundation Issues New Request for Scientific Grant Proposals

Date Published: 
August 16, 2012
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The Autism Science Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting and funding autism research, today announced that it had issued a new request for scientific proposals. ASF is inviting applications for Pre- and Post-doctoral Training Awards from graduate students, medical students and postdoctoral fellows interested in pursuing careers in basic and clinical research relevant to autism spectrum disorders. In the past three years, ASF has funded over $700,000 in pre and post-doctoral grants.

Grants will fund pre- and post-doctoral autism research fellowships

(August 16, 2012—New York, NY) The Autism Science Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting and funding autism research, today announced that it had issued a new request for scientific proposals. ASF is inviting applications for Pre- and Post-doctoral Training Awards from graduate students, medical students and postdoctoral fellows interested in pursuing careers in basic and clinical research relevant to autism spectrum disorders. In the past three years, ASF has funded over $700,000 in pre and post-doctoral grants.

"Pre- and post-doctoral fellowships not only build our knowledge about what causes autism and how best to treat it, but also build our future by encouraging outstanding young investigators to dedicate their careers to autism research," said Alison Singer, president of ASF.

"We are so grateful to all our donors and volunteers who have come together to support autism research and who make these grants possible," said Karen London, co-founder of ASF.

The proposed training must be scientifically linked to autism. ASF will consider for training purposes all areas of related basic and clinical research including but not limited to: human behavior across the lifespan (language, learning, communication, social function, epilepsy, sleep, repetitive disorders), neurobiology (anatomy, development, neuro-imaging), pharmacology, neuropathology, human genetics/genomics, immunology, molecular and cellular mechanisms, studies employing model organisms and systems, and studies of treatment and service delivery. Applications must be received by November 16, 2012.

 Additional information about the RFA can be found at www.autismsciencefoundation.org/ApplyForaGrant.html.

The Autism Science Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Its mission is to support autism research by providing funding to scientists and organizations conducting, facilitating, publicizing and disseminating autism research. The organization also provides information about autism to the general public and serves to increase awareness of autism spectrum disorders and the needs of individuals and families affected by autism.

Grant applications will be reviewed by members of ASF’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) and other highly qualified reviewers. Current SAB members include Dr. Joseph Buxbaum (Mt. Sinai School of Medicine); Dr. Emanuel DiCicco-Bloom (UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School); Dr. Sharon Humiston (University of Rochester); Dr. Bryan King (University of Washington, Seattle); Dr. Ami Klin (Emory University); Dr. Harold Koplewicz (The Child Mind Institute); Dr. Eric London (New York Institute for Basic Research); Dr. Catherine Lord (New York Center for Autism and the Developing Brain); Dr. David Mandell (University of Pennsylvania/CHOP); Dr. Kevin Pelphrey (Yale Child Study Center) and Dr. Matthew State (Yale Medical School).

To learn more about the ASF’s grant programs, and to read about projects funded through this mechanism in prior years, visit www.autismsciencefoundation.org

 

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Contact Info:    

Dawn Crawford
Autism Science Foundation
dcrawford@autismsciencefoundation.org

Stanford researchers investigate the emotional side of autism

Source: 
Emotion
Date Published: 
August 14, 2012
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Researchers at Stanford University have found that adults with autism spectrum disorders report greater levels of negative emotion in general.

Research shows gene defect's role in autism-like behavior

Source: 
PLoS ONE
Date Published: 
August 13, 2012
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Scientists affiliated with the UC Davis MIND Institute have discovered how a defective gene causes brain changes that lead to the atypical social behavior characteristic of autism. The research offers a potential target for drugs to treat the condition.

How Autism is Changing the World for Everybody

Source: 
i09
Date Published: 
July 26,2012
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Interesting article including interviews with Steve Silberman and Andrea Kuszewski about how studying autism is changing the world for everyone!

Researchers Grapple with Mixed Results from Cognitive Studies

Source: 
Simons Foundation Austism Research Initiative
Date Published: 
July 30, 2012
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Researchers at Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London are finding that some studies have suggested that people with autism have deficits in executive function, a set of complex mental processes involved in everyday life. But these results may instead reflect their difficulties imagining what other people are thinking.

Molecular Mechanisms: Autism Gene Regulates Neuron Shape

Source: 
Simons Foundation Austism Research Initiative
Date Published: 
July 31,2012
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Scientists at MIT have found that TAOK2, a gene in the autism-associated chromosomal region, is part of a signaling pathway that builds neuronal connections during development.

Simple Worms could Help Unravel Complex Human Brains

Source: 
Simons Foundation Austism Research Initiative
Date Published: 
July 25, 2012
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The nematode "Caenorhabditis elegans" may serve as a useful model to study synapses, the junctions between neurons.