New Study Confirms Presence of the Female Protective Effect

A new paper published in Cell, funded by the Autism Science Foundation and using the largest genetics sample to date, confirmed the presence of the Female Protective Effect in ASD.  This helps explain why fewer females are diagnosed with ASD compared to males.  Even when the symptom severity is the same, females with ASD show more genetic mutations compared to males.
Siblings Evee and Tim Bak participate in the Autism Sisters Project
Additional studies by the Autism Sisters Project are exploring the mechanisms that cause the Female Protective Effect, so more targeted interventions for males and females can be developed.  You can listen to a podcast describing this study here . Thanks to all the families who participate in ASF's Autism Sisters Project!
Tickets Selling Fast for NY Day of Learning 2020

Join us on March 31, 2020 at the New York Athletic Club to hear world-renowned scientists address critical issues in the autism community. 

This event has sold out fast the last 4 years. Check out the speaker list and  REGISTER NOW to reserve your spot today!

Save the Date: Dancing Stars of Westchester is October 3

The Autism Science Foundation has been selected as the charity of choice for the 2020 Dancing Stars of Westchester, hosted by Fred Astaire Studios of Mamaroneck. Save the Date for a charity dance-off dinner extravaganza based on the popular tv show. Stay tuned for more details!

Apply Now for Undergraduate 
Summer Research Fellowships

We are currently accepting applications from highly qualified undergraduates interested in pursuing basic and clinical research relevant to autism spectrum disorders during the summer.

The proposed research must be scientifically linked to autism or a closely related field. Autism Science Foundation will consider 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, self-injurious behavior, catatonia), neurobiology (anatomy, development, neuro-imaging), pharmacology, neuropathology, human genetics, genomics, epigenetics, epigenomics, immunology, molecular and cellular mechanisms, studies employing model organisms and systems, and studies of treatment, service delivery, policy and  employment.

Applications are due February 19, 2020, 5:00 PM EST

Read more about the fellowship and the application process HERE.

Introducing our ASF Hall of Famers

At ASF, we love to invest in promising young autism investigators with cutting-edge ideas who often just need a little seed money to get their research off the ground. Many of our grantees have leveraged these funds into NIH and other large grants and have made major contributions to our field. Read about some of our star researchers at our new ASF Hall of Fame