ASF Awards Undergraduate Research and IMFAR Travel Grants

The Autism Science Foundation recently awarded Undergraduate Summer Research Grants to six outstanding college students who will spend the summer conducting autism research.  Read about their projects here.

ASF also issued five Travel Grants to attend the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) in San Francisco this May. This award supports stakeholders in the autism community
Former Undergraduate Summer Research Grant recipient Max Rolison presenting results at IMFAR 2016.
 -- including parents of children with autism, individuals with autism, siblings, teachers, and  students -- to attend the meeting.  Read more about these awards here.

Autism Science Foundation is the only organization to provide funding to undergraduateresearchers at the earliest stages of their professional careers. These awards make it possible for students to devote time to studying and understanding autism, and has inspired them to continue their studies in ASD after they graduate. In addition, ASF is the only organization to provide travel fellowships for individuals with autism and families to attend IMFAR. These awards are two important ways that ASF accomplishes its goals to fund scientists and inform the public about autism.
Our 2016 Annual Report is Now Online
ASF Named Top-Rated Nonprofit

The Autism Science Foundation has been named a 2017 Top-Rated Nonprofit by GreatNonprofits. Thank you to our wonderful community for all of your support throughout the year!
Autism Innovations & Global Impact Conference
Hosted by the Els for Autism Foundation

This two day scientific conference at The Els Center of Excellence will feature renowned leaders in autism research, government, and service provision. Speakers include two members of the ASF Scientific Advisory Board: Drs. Catherine Lord and Ami Klin.

The conference will be held on April 28 and 29, 2017 in Jupiter, FL. Click here to register now.
Free Webinar: Understanding the Genetics and Epigenetics of Autism by Looking at the Brain
Friday, April 28, 2017
12:00-1:00PM EDT
Neelroop Parikshak, PhD
UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
UCLA Center for Autism Research and  Treatment, and  lab of Daniel H. Geschwind
This webinar is supported by the Autism BrainNet.
Dr . Neelroop  Parkishak from the lab of Dr. Daniel  Geschwind at UCLA  will  present a summary of findings which look at the simultaneous activity of several genes together, rather than separately, to identify common  biological mechanisms across the causes of autism. He will show that despite different causes  of ASD, brain tissue research reveals that there are common biological mechanisms which may be the target of newer interventions .
This webinar is free to join but registration is required. Click here to register.
Free Webinar: Investigating Gene x Environment Interactions in "Single Gene Autisms"
Thursday, May 4, 2017
1:00-2:30PM EDT

Janine LaSalle, PhD
Associate Director of Genomics, Genome Center
Professor,  Medical Microbiology and Immunology
MIND Institute
University of California, Davis
Keith Dunway
Genetics Graduate Student
University of California, Davis College of Biological Sciences

Around 5-10% of autism cases are caused by mutations of highly penetrant genes.  It
This webinar is supported by the Environmental Epigenetics of Autism Series and the Autism BrainNet.
previously thought that environmental factors did not play a significant role in these "single  gene autisms," but recent research has proven otherwise. On this webinar, Dr. Janine LaSalle and collaborator Keith Dunaway will highlight the opportunities in studying gene x environment interactions in cases of "single gene autisms."

This webinar is free to join but registration is required. Click here to register.