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NIH, Advocacy Groups Award $10.8M to Fund Autism Genetics Research

NEW YORK, Oct. 18 (GenomeWeb News) - Five institutes from the National Institutes of Health and three non-profit autism advocacy groups together have awarded five grants worth $10.8 million to three research groups studying the genetics of autism susceptibility, the NIH said today.


The grants, to be awarded over the next five years, have been funded by the NIH's National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institute Mental Health, and National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.


Voluntary organizations contributing funds are Cure Autism Now, National Alliance for Autism Research, and the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center.


The grants have been awarded to three teams of investigators from the following institutions:


-- A collaboration between Rutgers University, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, led by Linda Brzustowicz, James Millonig, and Veronica Vieland, respectively, for a project entitled "Identification and Functional Assessment of Autism Susceptibility Genes."


-- Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, led by Jonathan Sebat, for a project entitled "Determining the Genetic Basis of Autism by High-Resolution Analysis of Copy Number."


-- Emory University, led by Michael Zwick, for a project entitled "Identifying Autism Susceptibility Genes by High-Throughput Chip Resequencing."


The NIH did not detail specific amounts awarded to each group.

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