The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation has funded nearly $300 million in NARSAD Research Grants to understand the causes and improve treatments for mental illness. Funding work across a broad range of psychiatric disorders, $8 million in grant funding since 1990 has been dedicated to autism research. More than 119 researchers have been supported with NARSAD Grants to improve the lives of those with autism.
Since it began funding the most promising autism research in 1990 with its NARSAD Grants, the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (formerly NARSAD) has helped with:
- Early detection and intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
- Discovering the causes of ASD
- Development of brain atlas to aid study of brain development in ASD
- Identification of genetic “mutation hotspots” that elevate the risk for developing ASD
- “GPS-type” toolkit to identify and track a vital group of brain cells linked to ASD
- Discovery of which brain dysfunctions cause Fragile X Syndrome and how to possibly correct them
- Work to develop an "epigenetic risk map" for autism
In 2012, the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation awarded the Ruane Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Research to two autism experts. Click here to watch their videos and learn more about their breakthrough research.
Learn more about Autism Spectrum Disorders and how the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is helping to make a difference in the millions of lives affected by this disorder.
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