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.
Eric Morrow, Stephen Sheinkopf and colleagues reported the characteristics of the first 1,000 participants in the RI-CART study, a population-based cohort of autistic individuals in Rhode Island.
Genevieve Konopka and colleagues reported important roles for Foxp1 in particular subclasses of the spiny projection neurons in the striatum, with downstream effects on striatal-dependent circuits and behaviors.
Garret Stuber and colleagues used in vivo calcium imaging to show that a population of oxytocin-positive (OT) neurons in the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus responds preferentially to social stimuli and is necessary for regulating social behavior. Reduced number of OT neurons was associated with social deficits in Shank3b KO mice.