ASF Awards Nine New Pre-Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Fellowships to Autism Scientists

The Autism Science Foundation has announced the recipients of its annual pre- and post-doctoral fellowship grants. Three pre-doctoral and six post-doctoral fellowship grants will
The ASF Scientific Advisory Board met earlier this year in NYC to review the many outstanding grant applications it received.
be awarded to student and mentor teams conducting research in deep brain stimulation, gene and environmental interactions, epigenetics, pain response, neurobiology, and sex differences in ASD.
"Each of the projects selected for funding has the potential to improve the lives of people with autism," said Autism Science Foundation president Alison Singer.  "We are pleased to support the work of this impressive group of young scientists and look forward to the progress that will be made as a result of their efforts."
Since its founding in 2009, the Autism Science Foundation has funded more than $3 million in grants, including pre- and post-doctoral fellowships, medical school gap year research fellowships, three-year early career awards, treatment grants, undergraduate summer research grants, research accelerator grants, and travel scholarships to enable stakeholders to attend the annual International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR).
Free Webinar: Understanding the Genetics and Epigenetics of Autism by Looking at the Brain
TODAY! 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.  
IMFAR Preconference:  Measuring Meaningful Outcomes from School-Age to Adulthood

Guest Speakers
  • Connie Kasari, PhD (University of California, Los Angeles)
  • Len Abbeduto, PhD (University of California, Davis MIND Institute)
  • Laura Klinger, PhD (University of North Carolina TEACCH Autism Program)
  • Tony Charman, PhD (King's College London)
Panel Discussions
Brief presentations by family members, individuals with ASD, school educators, providers, researchers and/or state agencies.

Identify and discuss outcomes that are meaningful to a wide variety of stakeholders

May 10, 2017
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Where? San Francisco Marriott Marquis
780 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Who? Family members, adults with autism, educators, researchers, relevant governmental agency employees, clinical providers, and advocates

$25 per person