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Question 3: Long-term Objective B  

$49,905,587.13
Fiscal Year: 2009

Green dot: Objective has greater than or equal to the recommended funding.3LB. Identify genetic risk factors in at least 50% of people with ASD by 2014. IACC Recommended Budget: $33,900,000 over 6 years.

Download 2009 Question 3: Long-term Objective B projects (EXCEL)
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Project Title Principal Investigator Institution
Studies of postmortem brain searching for epigenetic defects causing autism Beaudet, Arthur Baylor College of Medicine
The role of the Rett gene, chromosone 15Q11-Q13, other genes, and epigenetics Beaudet, Arthur Baylor College of Medicine
Integrative genetic analysis of autistic brains Arking, Dan Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Autism and the insula: Genomic and neural circuits Allman, John California Institute of Technology

Objective Cumulative Funding Table

IACC Strategic Plan Objective 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Total
Identify genetic risk factors in at least 50% of people with ASD by 2014.

IACC Recommended Budget: $33,900,000 over 6 years
3.8
$37,043,410
83 projects

3.L.B
$49,905,587
79 projects

3.L.B
$34,432,884
60 projects

3.L.B
$25,383,346
59 projects

3.L.B
$23,041,231
74 projects

$169,806,458
3.L.B. Funding: The recommended budget was met. Significantly more than the recommended minimum budget was allocated to projects specific to this objective.

Progress: Further work is needed to identify genetic risk factors in at least 50% of people. Currently, whole exome analysis predicts that a genetic risk factor can be identified for 20% of people; inclusion of CNV data might push this toward 30%.

Remaining Gaps, Needs, and Opportunities: The initial budget recommendation for this objective was made based on the assumption that GWAS studies would provide risk factor identification, but sequencing has proven more fruitful. Since this technique is more expensive, a higher budget will be required to meet the goal of 50%.