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Autism Speaks awards nearly $2.9 million to fund autism research
Date:6/21/2012

dusciuc from the California Institute of Technology will study epilepsy patients, with or without autism, who have implanted electrodes that track seizures. This research promises to reveal how individual brain cells function differently in persons with autism.

At Stanford University, Garrett Anderson will study the role of the CNTNAP2 gene in brain cell development and transmission.

Ryan Yuen (Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto) will study the role of the Y chromosome in autism as part of Dr. Scherer's research project. Mary Beth Nebel at Kennedy Krieger Institute will use new robotic techniques to help children with autism learn to imitate. This study also promises to advance understanding of brain differences associated with impaired imitation in autism. Elena Tenenbaum (Women and Infants Hospital and Brown University) will explore whether certain attention-directing techniques can enhance language learning in children with autism.

All research funded is made possible by the generosity and passion of Autism Speaks' community of families, donors and volunteers.


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