SFARI is pleased to announce that it has awarded 32 grants (19 Pilot Awards and 13 Research Awards) in response to the 2017 Pilot and Research Awards request for applications (RFA).
In this blog post, the SFARI science team provides insight into SFARI’s scientific priorities. A number of experimental design issues to consider when preparing a grant application in response to the 2018 Pilot and Research Awards RFA are also discussed.
Bateup will use genetic mouse models of ASD to investigate the idea that synaptic alterations in the striatum are central to the inflexible behaviors observed in ASD.
New Simons VIP Phase 2 data have recently been added to SFARI Base. This data release includes phenotypic data from individuals with 16p11.2 copy number variants (CNVs), 1q21.1 CNVs, and mutations in the following single genes: SCN2A, GRIN2B, PACS1, PPP2R5D, ADNP, MED13L, STXBP1, HIVEP2 and SYNGAP1.
The molecular and circuit underpinnings of repetitive behavior dysfunction — a core symptom of ASD — have remained elusive, but it is assumed that they rely on the same basal ganglia circuits that underlie repetitive behavior control and habit formation. The current project aims to investigate, with unprecedented spatial and temporal resolution, the circuit alterations in the striatum that lead to alterations in spontaneous and learned behavioral sequences in ASD.
Mourrain aims to identify common synaptic defects shared by different mouse genetic ASD models and to evaluate the efficacy of existing drugs on these synaptic changes.