SFARI is working to advance autism science by providing a number of key resources to researchers.
We solicit applications for SFARI Awards from individuals who will conduct bold, imaginative, rigorous and relevant research in four main research areas: gene discovery, molecular mechanisms, circuits, cognition and behavior, and clinical.
Caroline Robertson and colleagues developed a novel paradigm that provided direct neural evidence for slower binocular rivalry in autism. They also demonstrated a causal link between GABAergic inhibition and rivalry in neurotypical individuals, suggesting that this tool may serve as a noninvasive marker of inhibitory signaling in the brain.
Three recent studies – two by Kristopher Kahle and Igor Medina, and the third by Xin Tang, Mriganka Sur and Rudolf Jaenisch – explored regulatory mechanisms that modulate KCC2 function during development as well as ways to potentially therapeutically enhance the expression of this chloride cotransporter.
Daniel Geschwind, Michael Gandal and colleagues reported that allelic imbalance in gene expression in ASD shows a surprising preference for the minor allele and implicates a family of snoRNAs at 15q11-13.