On April 10, 2018, SFARI held a workshop to discuss online platforms for visualizing and analyzing SFARI genomics data. These platforms included the Genotypes and Phenotypes in Families web interface, created by SFARI Investigator Ivan Iossifov’s team, and Hub.iobio, which is currently being developed by Frameshift.
Grants awarded through this RFA are intended to advance our understanding of the genetic basis of autism. Investigators who are interested in analyzing genomic data in innovative ways from thousands of SPARK families are encouraged to apply.
Available data will include whole-exome and genome-wide genotyping data from approximately 4,500 individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their biological parents. Approximately half of these families will also have genomic data from an unaffected sibling. In addition, whole-genome sequencing data will be available from approximately 400 other ASD individuals, plus their biological parents and unaffected siblings. A limited phenotypic dataset for all participants will be available.
We expect to fund several awards in the range of $100,000 (direct costs) for 18 months. Higher budgets will be considered, but we expect such budgets to be strongly justified.
SFARI science staff will be presenting a number of posters about SFARI projects and resources at the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) 2018 Annual Meeting in Rotterdam, Netherlands (May 9-12).
SFARI announces that a new article summarizing the first year’s activities of SPARK — a SFARI-funded study that aims to recruit, engage and retain 50,000 individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their family members — was published in the journal Neuron.
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).
SPARK (Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge) is pleased to announce that whole-exome sequencing (WES) and genotyping data are available for 1,369 and 1,398 individuals, respectively.