Michele Solis is a science writer based in Seattle, WA. She covers brain-related topics for general and scientific audiences alike, and has contributed to many publications, including Scientific American Mind, Nature and Pharmaceutical Journal. Much of her work centers on the biology of mental illness, but other topics have included pain, obesity and robotic surgery.
On April 26 and 29, 2021, SFARI and the Simons Initiative for the Developing Brain hosted a virtual workshop that focused on the use of rats as a model system for autism spectrum disorder. The workshop discussed advantages and limitations of using rat models, evaluated the need for cross-species studies and considered strategies to move the field forward.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, SFARI ran the fall 2020 science meeting virtually in a series of six weekly webinars, beginning on October 2, 2020. SFARI investigators presented their latest findings in autism research, ranging from autism genetics, through molecular mechanisms and neural circuits, to clinical insights.
Beginning on October 1, 2020, the recipients of the SFARI Bridge to Independence Award gathered with SFARI staff and advisors for a virtual ‘retreat’ of six weekly webinars. Each of the webinars included scientific presentations by the fellows, followed by breakout sessions to discuss the practical skills needed to become successful Principal Investigators in today’s scientific ecosystem.