The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) is pleased to announce that seven Director Awards were awarded in 2021.
These projects include, but are not limited to, studies that aim to develop new tools and resources for autism research and studies whose goals are beyond the focus of existing SFARI request for applications (RFAs).
Some of these projects were SFARI- or investigator-initiated, while others were originally submitted through SFARI RFAs but were funded as Director Awards following review of their objectives, topic and merit.
“SFARI always strives to fund research that’s timely, innovative and transformative,” says SFARI director Kelsey Martin. “We believe these projects will yield new, important findings that will help advance our knowledge of autism and improve the methodologies used in autism research.”
The new Director Awards include:
Vivek Kumar, Ph.D. (The Jackson Laboratory)
Long-term ethological monitoring of motor and social behavior deficits in mouse ASD models
Monkol Lek, Ph.D. (Yale University)
Stephan Sanders, B.M.B.S., Ph.D. (University of California, San Francisco) and Nenad Sestan, M.D., Ph.D. (Yale University)
Identification and validation of expression quantitative trait loci (eQTLs) in discrete cell types across human brain development
Rebecca Schmidt, Ph.D. (University of California, Davis)
Prenatal COVID-19 impact on autism risk in genetically susceptible families
A. B. Smit, Ph.D. (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
Annotation of the synaptic interactome and synaptic pathways relevant for ASD
Stephen Traynelis, Ph.D. (Emory University)
A registry for clinical and functional data for variants in the GRIN gene family