|Project Title||Principal Investigator||Institution|
|The microRNA pathway in translational regulation of neuronal development||Gao, Fen-Biao||University of Massachusetts Medical School|
|The role of intracellular metabotropic glutamate receptor 5 at the synapse||Hogan, Carolyn||Washington University in St. Louis|
|The role of MeCP2 in Rett syndrome||LaSalle, Janine||University of California, Davis|
|The role of the autism-associated gene tuberous sclerosis complex 2 (TSC2) in presynaptic development||Williams, Megan||University of California, San Diego|
|Translation regulation in hippocampal LTP and LTD||Klann, Eric||New York University|
|TrkB agonist(s), a potential therapy for autism spectrum disorders||Sun, Yi||University of California, Los Angeles|
|Visual system connectivity in a high-risk model of autism||Sahin, Mustafa||Children's Hospital Boston|
|IACC Strategic Plan Objective||2008||2009||2010||2011||2012||Total|
|Launch three studies that target improved understanding of the underlying biological pathways of genetic conditions related to autism (e.g., Fragile X, Rett syndrome, tuberous sclerosis complex) and how these conditions inform risk assessment and individualized intervention by 2012. |
IACC Recommended Budget: $9,000,000 over 5 years
|N/A ||2.S.D |
|2.S.D. Funding: The recommended budget was met. Significantly more than the recommended minimum budget was allocated to projects specific to this objective. |
Progress: A large number of projects were funded that address this objective. Investment in this area has doubled since 2009, and in 2013, NIH began funding an ACE center focused on tuberous sclerosis. Much is being learned about conditions related to autism that can be applied to autism. This objective is on track.
Remaining Gaps, Needs and Opportunities: The next step will be to translate findings in this area into clinically useful therapies.