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Research Funded: 2003 (NAAR)

In 2003, NAAR committed approximately $4.9 million to fund 35 pilot studies, 13 pre- and post-doctoral fellowships and two autism training programs.

NAAR’s 2003 research commitments funded autism investigations in the U.S., Canada, England, Scotland and Denmark.

As part of the 2003 awards, NAAR is co-sponsoring two autism training programs in partnership with the Canadian Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction.

2003 PILOT STUDY GRANTS

Susan Birren, Ph.D. 
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Regulation of Cortical Synaptogenesis by Basal Forebrain Cholinergic Neurons
Two-year award – $120,000
Research Partner: Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation

Patrick Bolton, Ph.D.
The Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College, London, England
Speech & Language Impairments and Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Twin Study of the Links
Two-year award – $119,083

Patrick Bolton, Ph.D.
The Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College, London, England
Event Related Potential & Behavioral Investigations of Face Processing in Individuals with Tuberous Sclerosis and Autism
Two-year award – $113,011

Kenneth Campbell, Ph.D.
Children’s Hospital Research Foundation, Cincinnati, OH
Genetic Control of Mammalian Amygdalar Development
Two-year award – $120,000

Alice Carter, Ph.D.
University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA
Maternal Sensitivity, Joint Attention and Gains in Language Acquisition in Toddlers Diagnosed with Autism
Two-year award – $103,096

Manuel Casanova, M.D.
University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
Macroscopic Correlates of Minicolumnar Abnormalities in Autism
Two-year award – $120,000
Research Partner: Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation

Susan Christian, Ph.D.
University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Identifying Small Chromosomal Rearrangements in Autism Using Microarrays
Two-year award – $118,845
Research Partner: Autism Coalition for Research & Education and Solving the Mystery of Autism

Antonio Convit, M.D.
New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY
Social Cognition and Brain Volumes in Asperger Syndrome
Two-year award – $112,900

Thomas Cook, Ph.D.
Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ
Placental Metabolism & Fatty Acid Homeostasis in Fetal Imprinting of Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders
Two-year award – $120,000

Michael Cuccaro, Ph.D.
Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
Retrospective Association Analysis of Children with Idiopathic Autism Spectrum Disorders Treated with Fluoxetine
Two-year award – $109,703
Research Partner: The Michael & Cynthia Moran Family & Friends

Mirella Dapretto, Ph.D.
University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Language & Prosody in Autism: Evidence from fMRI
Two-year award – $120,000

Michelle Dunn, Ph.D.
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
Understanding Cortical Auditory Processing Abnormalities in Children with Autism
Two-year award – $119,912
Research Partner: Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation

Michelle Dunn, Ph.D.
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
Mapping Lexical Organization in Children with Autism
Two-year award – $119,912

Nicole Gage, Ph.D.
University of California at Irvine, Irvine, CA
MEG Investigations of Cortical Auditory Processing in Children with Autism
Two-year award – $109,788

H. Hill Goldsmith, Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin at Madison, Madison, WI
A Birth Register-based Twin Study of Autism Spectrum Disorders
Two-year award – $118,910

Eli Hatchwell, Ph.D.
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, NY
Genomic Copy Number Variation in Autism
One-year award – $60,000

Karl Herrup, Ph.D.
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
The Engrailed-2 Mutant as a Model of the Neuropathology of Autism
Two-year award – $120,000
Research Partner: Autism Coalition for Research and Education

Laura Hewitson, Ph.D.
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Autism in Primates: Genetics vs Environment
Two-year award – $118,825

Jana Iverson, Ph.D.
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Early Identification of Autism: A Prospective Study
Two-year award – $119,861

Russell Margolis, M.D.
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Genetic Mutations Associated with Autism in Unexplored Regions of FOXP2
One-year award – $56,063

James Millonig, Ph.D.
University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, NJ
Studying Mouse Cerebellar Development as a Tool to Identify Autism Susceptibility Genes 
Two-year award – $120,000
Research Partner: Autism Coalition for Research and Education

Sherie Novotny, M.D.
University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, NJ
Galantamine vs Placebo in Childhood & Adolescent Autism
Two-year award – $118,526

Payam Rezaie, Ph.D.
The Open University, Milton Keynes, England
Assessment of the Glial Response Within the Cerebral Cortex in Autism
Two-year award – $119,973

Timothy Roberts, Ph.D.
University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
MEG Correlates of Linguistic Processing at and Below the Word Level in Autism
Two-year award – $119,918
Research Partner: Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation

Peter Scheiffele, Ph.D.
Columbia University, New York, NY
Frequency & Functional Characterization of Neuroligin Mutations
Two-year award – $119,998

Stephen Sheinkopf, Ph.D.
Brown Medical School, Providence, RI
Vagal Tone & Social Behaviors in Children with Autistic Disorder
Two-year award – $116,952

Elise Temple, Ph.D.
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Neural Mechanisms Underlying “Theory of Mind”: fMRI Studies of Normally Developing and Autistic Children
Two-year award – $112,916

Poul Thorsen, M.D., Ph.D.
NANEA at Department of Epidemiology and Social Medicine/Aarhus University, Denmark
Exposure to Pharmaceuticals in Pregnancy & Development of Autistic Disorder
Two-year award – $118,454
Research Partner: Autism Coalition for Research and Education

Jochen Triesch, Ph.D.
University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, CA
The MESA Project: Modeling the Emergence of Shared Attention
Two-year award – $120,000

Michael Ullman, Ph.D.
Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Neurocognitive Correlates of Language in Autism
Two-year award – $118,575

John Welsh, Ph.D.
Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR
Inferior Olive & Autism: Electrical Synapses, Neuronal Synchrony & Cognition
Two-year award – $101,639
Research Partner: Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation

Justin Williams, M.B.B.S., MSc
University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, England
Functional Neuroimaging Studies of Action, Facial and Object-directed Imitation
Two-year award – $119,977

Peter Zandi, Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
Maternal-fetal Incompatibility and Autism Risk
One-year award – $59,998

Xiaoxi Zhuang, Ph.D.
University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Behavioral Effects of Hyper- and Hypo-Serotonergic Function in Transgenic Mouse Models 
Two-year award – $120,000

Lonnie Zwaigenbaum, M.D.
McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
Investigating the Emergence of Familial Traits in Autism
Two-year award – $120,000
Research Partner: Dan Marino Foundation



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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