October 5, 2016
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Ride FAR!
Top Rated Nonprofit
Upcoming Webinars
Rockland Autism Symposium
Pre- and Postdoc Fellowships
SFARI 2017 RFA

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Join us for our 2nd Annual Ride FAR 
(For Autism Research) Bike Ride 
THIS Saturday, October 8th
Bring your whole family to our annual Ride FAR (For Autism Research).

Register now for this super exciting bicycling event taking place in White Plains, NY on Saturday, October 8th. Choose from a 4, 20, 30 or 62 mile route, followed by a delicious barbecue lunch and lots of family friendly activities, including miniature golf and a giant playground. All bike rides are fully supported, with clearly marked routes, abundant support vehicles and rest stops every 15 miles. Beautiful fall foliage guaranteed! Learn more here .

 
ASF Named Top-Rated Nonprofit

Thanks to our wonderful supporters, we are one of the first winners of a 2016 Top-Rated Award from GreatNonprofits! 

Upcoming Autism BrainNet Webinars

"Epilepsy and Autism Seen through the Brain" on Friday, October 14th
Dr. Shafali Spurling Jeste of UCLA  is a behavioral child neurologist specializing in autism and related neurodevelopmental disorders. On the webinar, she will discuss the epidemiology and clinical features of people with autism and epilepsy.
Dr. Menassa of the University of Oxford is a Postdoctoral Researcher whose research focuses on the materno-fetal interface and how extrinsic factors during pregnancy can affect fetal neurodevelopment. On the webinar, he will discuss a brain tissue study looking at glial cells in people with autism and/or epilepsy. 
This webinar is FREE to join but registration is required.

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"The Latest in Autism Findings through the Lens of Brain Tissue Research" on Tuesday, December 13th
Dr. Matthew Anderson of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is the Director of the Boston Node of the Autism BrainNet. He is a neuropathologist focused on autism and epilepsy. In his day-to-day work, Dr. Anderson looks at brain tissue under a microscope to try and determine what is different in the brains of people with autism. On the webinar, he will discuss the latest findings in this area.

This webinar is FREE to join but registration is required.

Register for the Rockland Autism Symposium

The 11th Annual Rockland Autism Symposium will be held on Thursday, October 27, 2016 in Pearl River, NY.  The Autism Science Foundation is proud to sponsor this event for the seventh year running.

The Symposium will feature an exciting lineup including:
   
Peter F. Gerhardt, EdD, Executive Director of EPIC school
   John Constantino, MD, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
   Amy Lutz, Executive Director of the EASI Foundation
   James W. Bodfish, PhD, Vanderbilt University, School of Medicine
   John Maltby, MS, Director of the Community Support Network at WIHD

To learn more about this event, please click here.

Applications Open for Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowships

Postdoctoral Training Awards from graduate students, medical students and postdoctoral fellows interested in pursuing careers in basic and clinical research relevant to autism spectrum disorders.

The proposed training must be scientifically linked to autism and may be broadened to include training in a closely related area of scientific research. Special consideration will be given to projects focusing on gender issues in autism.

Applications are due on December 1, 2016 by 5:00PM EST. Additional questions about proposal submission, proposal content and review, or applicant eligibility should be addressed to Casey Gold, Director of Operations, Autism Science Foundation (cgold@autismsciencefoundation.org).
 

SFARI Issues Request for Applications

The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) has announced the 2017 Pilot and Research Awards Request for Applications (RFA). These awards "provide funding for investigators conducting bold, creative and rigorous research into the underlying biology, causes and treatment of autism spectrum disorders." To learn more, click here.

Letters of intent for this RFA are due by December 9, 2016. Full applications are by invitation only, and they are due by March 22, 2017.