NEW YORK, N.Y. (September 30, 2010) Autism Speaks is pleased to announce the 2010 class of Dennis Weatherstone Pre-Doctoral Fellows. Made possible by a multi-year grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation named in honor of former J.P. Morgan CEO Sir Dennis Weatherstone, eight fellowship projects were selected for funding by Autism Speaks with awards totaling $448,000 over the next two years. The fellowship awards will provide highly qualified candidates with exceptional research training opportunities across various areas related to the study of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Established in 2008, the intent of the fellowship program is to encourage the most promising young scientists to establish autism research as their chosen career path. The fellowship awards will provide highly qualified predoctoral students with exceptional research training opportunities under the mentorship of distinguished scientists studying all aspects of ASD. The Dennis Weatherstone Fellowship program is designed to support the growth of a promising cadre of young autism scientists.
These eight fellows were selected out of 50 proposals from a highly qualified and enthusiastic field of candidates. Projects were selected for funding based on the strengths of the training plan, research strategy, mentor's qualifications and the relevance of the topic to Autism Speaks' research priority areas. The topics are described below.
"We are extremely pleased to welcome this second class of fellows who represent a diverse group of highly qualified researchers whose work spans genetics, neuroscience and clinical research," says Geraldine Dawson, Ph.D., chief science officer for Autism Speaks. "As stewards of this generous gift to Autism Speaks, we believe the Weatherstone Fellows program not only jumpstarts careers of promising scientists, but leverages our investment by creating collaborations with both the leading autism researchers of today and within the community of
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