A new collaboration between SFARI and the Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation will generate hundreds of induced pluripotent stem cells from individuals with autism and related neurodevelopmental conditions. These cell lines will become available to researchers starting next year.
SFARI is pleased to announce that eight genetic rat models of autism spectrum disorder are now available from the Medical College of Wisconsin. These models are being maintained in the outbred Long-Evans background strain and are being behaviorally phenotyped through a partnership with the Simons Initiative for the Developing Brain.
Louis Reichardt, who has served as director of SFARI since 2013, finished his tenure here on September 28. John Spiro has been appointed interim director of SFARI until a new director is appointed.
SFARI would like to remind investigators to please acknowledge SFARI funding and/or the use of SFARI resources, biospecimens and data in all relevant preprints and publications.
SFARI is pleased to announce that it has selected three fellows in response to the 2020 Bridge to Independence Award request for applications.
New data were recently added to SFARI Gene. This data release included the addition of new genes associated with autism risk, new curated references of copy number variations associated with autism and new mouse models of autism.
SFARI is developing several new initiatives to promote inclusion of underrepresented minorities in autism research and the larger scientific community.
SFARI is pleased to announce that it intends to fund eight grants in response to the 2020 Research Award request for applications.
SFARI would like to remind researchers that they can still request many SFARI resources, including genetic and phenotypic data as well as biospecimens, at this time. Researchers can also submit applications to recruit individuals with autism and their families for new research studies.
SFARI Investigators will be giving a number of presentations as part of the 12th FENS Forum of Neuroscience. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the forum will be held virtually this year, with live and prerecorded sessions available to conference registrants July 11–15.