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).
Portera-Cailliau and O’Donnell will study neural responses to tactile stimuli in fragile X syndrome mice to test whether sensory representations are varying and unstable over time.
Frick previously demonstrated a link between BKCa channel dysfunction, neocortical hyperexcitability and sensory hypersensitivity in the Fmr1-/y model of ASD. Drawing on this work, Frick will explore the potential of channel agonists for the therapeutic correction of phenotypes associated neocortical hyperexcitability/sensory hypersensitivity in genetic mouse models of ASD.
This project aims to study pharmacological tools that enhance energy production efficiency in neurons as a way to enhance learning and memory in individuals with fragile X syndrome.
Sulzer will examine whether loss of the normal developmental maturation of striatal neuron excitability in ASD mouse models underlies striatal deficits.
Presentations that will be given by SFARI Investigators at the 2017 International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) in San Francisco (May 10-13) are highlighted.