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NIH, International Consortium, Set Aside $21M in RFA for Research Into Genetics in Autism

NEW YORK, Dec. 30 (GenomeWeb News) - An international coalition led by the US National Institutes of Health has set aside more than $21 million to identify genes associated with autism spectrum disorders, and has issued a Request for Applications for the project, the NIH said today.


Organizations participating in the project include: the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communications Disorders, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences; the Canadian Institutes of Health Research; the Health Research Board of Ireland; and the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center, Cure Autism Now, and the National Alliance for Autism Research, all private organizations.


More information on the RFA, which will award the money over five years, can be found here.

The Scan

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