Archived | National Alliance For Autism Research (NAAR) Research Funded: 1999 | #AutisticHistory #NotAnAutisticAlly

Research Funded: 1999 (NAAR)

The 1999 Research Awards marked the third year NAAR funded autism research programs and the first time the organization had funded autism research in Europe.

NAAR invested $800,000 in 1999 to fund 14 pilot studies and two mentor-based fellowships in the United States, Russia and Italy.

Pavel Belichenko, M.D., Ph.D.
Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Moscow, Russia
“The Role of the Brain-Directed Autoimmune Reaction in the Pathogenesis of Infantile Autism in Children and Young Adults”.
One-Year Award: $30,000
Research Partner: Solving the Mystery of Autism Foundation, Inc.

David R. Cool, Ph.D. 
Wright State University, Dayton, OH
“Neuro-Endocrine Peptide Hormones are Implicated in Social Behavior Development: Oxytocin Involvement in Autism”.
Two-Year Award: $60,000
Research Partner: Autism Society of Cincinnati
Research Partner: Solving the Mystery of Autism Foundation

Guinevere Eden, D.Phil. 
Georgetown University Institute for Cognitive and Computational Sciences, Washington, D.C.
“Functional Neuroanatomy of Reading in Hyperlexic Children Studied with Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging”.
Two-Year Award: $59,989
Research Partner: Autism Coalition for Research & Education

Robert Holson, Ph.D.
New Mexico Tech, Socorro, NM
“Gestational Retinoic Acid Exposure: An Animal Model of Autism”.
One-Year Award: $29,480

Flavio Keller, M.D.
Libera Universita, Campus Bio-Medico (Rome, Italy)
“Characterization of the Serotonin Blood Levels and of the Serotonin Uptake Stimulating Peptides in Plasma of Normal Subjects and Autistic Patients”.
One-Year Award: $19,492

Anne Messer, Ph.D.
Wadsworth Center, New York, State Department of Health, Albany, NY
“Manipulating the Differentiation of Survival of Cerebellar Purkinje Cells”.
One-Year Award: $30,000 (continuation grant)
Research Partner: Madeline & Arthur Millman, on behalf of the Autism Society of America Foundation

Judith Miles, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
“Identification of Dysmorphology Based Autism Groups”.
Two-Year Award: $60,000

Timothy P.L. Roberts, Ph.D.
University of California-San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
“Cortical Processing of Complex Sounds: Implications for Language Impairment in the Autistic Brain”.
Two-Year Award: $57,852
Research Partner: Autism Coalition for Research & Education
Research Partner: Toys R Us, Inc.

Donald C. Rojas, Ph.D.
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
“Anatomical and Functional Development of the Auditory Cortex in Children with Autism”.
Two-Year Award: $56,603 Research Partner: New Orleans Friends of NAAR

Gleb P. Shumyatsky, Ph.D.
Columbia University, New York NY
“A Genetic Analysis of the Role of the Amygdala in Autistic Behavior using Genetically Modified Mice”.
Two-Year Award: $59,882
Research Partners: Mellanby Family & Autism Society of Broward County

Moyra Smith, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California-Irvine, Irvine, CA
“Analysis of Chromosome 15q22 Deletion Associated with Autism and Immune Deficiency”.
One-Year Award: $30,000

Wayne L. Strauss, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
NAAR/Bristol-Myers Squibb Research Fellowship in Autism and Neuropharmacology.
One-Year Award: $60,000

Christopher J. Stodgell, Ph.D.
University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
Roland D. Ciaranello, M.D. Memorial Fellowship in Basic Research.
Two-Year Award: $100,000

Karen M. Weidenheim, M.D.
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY
“Role of Connectivity in Autism”.
Two-Year Award: $59,840
Research Partner: The Mellanby Family & Autism Society of Broward County

John P. Welsh, Ph.D. New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY
“Functional Analysis of Rodent Autism Model”.
Two-Year Award: $60,000

James T. Winslow, Ph.D. Emory University, Atlanta, GA
“Characterization of the Social Behavior of Inbred Mouse Strains”.
One-Year Award: $30,000



Note/Warning:

Autistic people have fought the inclusion of ABA in therapy for us since before Autism Speaks, and other non-Autistic-led autism organizations, started lobbying legislation to get it covered by insurances and Medicaid. 

ABA is a myth originally sold to parents that it would keep their Autistic child out of an institution. Today, parents are told that with early intervention therapy their child will either be less Autistic or no longer Autistic by elementary school, and can be mainstreamed in typical education classes. ABA is very expensive to pay out of pocket. Essentially, Autism Speaks has justified the big price tag up front will offset the overall burden on resources for an Autistic’s lifetime. The recommendation for this therapy is 40 hours a week for children and toddlers.

The original study that showed the success rate of ABA to be at 50% has never been replicated. In fact, the study of ABA by United States Department of Defense was denounced as a failure. Not just once, but multiple times. Simply stated: ABA doesn’t workIn study after repeated study: ABA (conversion therapy) doesn’t work. 

What more recent studies do show: Autistics who experienced ABA therapy are at high risk to develop PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions. Historically, the autism organizations promoting ABA as a cure or solution have silenced Autistic advocates’ opposition. ABA is also known as gay conversion therapy.


The ‘cure’ for Autistics not born yet is the prevention of birth. 

The ‘cure’ is a choice to terminate a pregnancy based on ‘autism risk.’ The cure is abortion. This is the same ‘cure’ society has for Down Syndrome. 

This is eugenics 2021. Instead of killing Autistics and disabled children in gas chambers or ‘mercy killings’ like in Aktion T4, it’ll happen at the doctor’s office, quietly, one Autistic baby at a time. Different approaches yes, but still eugenics and the extinction of an entire minority group of people.


Fact: You can’t cure Autistics from being Autistic.

Fact: You can’t recover an Autistic from being Autistic.

Fact: You can groom an Autistic to mask and hide their traits. Somewhat. … however, this comes at the expense of the Autistic child, promotes Autistic Burnout (this should not be confused with typical burnout, Autistic Burnout can kill Autistics), and places the Autistic child at high risk for PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions.


[Note: Autism is NOT a disease, but a neurodevelopmental difference and disability.]


Fact: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.


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