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Neural Systems$13,952,104.81
Fiscal Year: 2010

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Studies in this subcategory explore the structure and activity of the brain and underlying neural systems involved in autism, including functional connections between brain regions. Many projects seek to identify the precise neural networks underlying communication and language processing, social interactions, and behavioral issues. These studies frequently employ imaging techniques, such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), and other physiological measures of brain activity, such as electroencephalography (EEG).
Graph: Question 2 encompassed a broad range of biological research, resulting in the need to create a larger number of subcategories to adequately describe the breadth of research than was required for other Strategic Plan Questions. The subcategory with the largest portion of funding was Molecular pathways (32%), followed by Neural systems and Subgroups/Biosignatures, which each received less than half the funding of Molecular pathways (15% and 14%, respectively). Projects related to Developmental trajectory were supported by 11% of 2010 ASD research funding, and research on Sensory and motor function received 7%. Studies on Immune/Metabolic pathways (6%), Co-occurring conditions (5%), Cognitive studies (5%), and Computational science (4%) round out the types of research in Question 2.
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Project Title Principal Investigator Strategic Plan Objective Institution
ACE Center: Imaging the autistic brain before it knows it has autism Pierce, Karen Q2.Other University of California, San Diego
ACE Center: Mirror neuron and reward circuitry in autism Dapretto, Mirella Q2.Other University of California, Los Angeles
ACE Center: Neuroimaging studies of connectivity in ASD Staib, Lawrence Q2.Other Yale University
ACE Center: Systems connectivity + brain activation: Imaging studies of language + perception Just, Marcel Q2.Other University of Pittsburgh
A combined fMRI-TMS study on the role of the mirror neuron system in social cognition: Moving beyond correlational evidence Dapretto, Mirella Q2.Other University of California, Los Angeles
A developmental social neuroscience approach to perception-action relations Marshall, Peter Q2.Other Temple University
Are neuronal defects in the cerebral cortex linked to autism? Shi, Song-Hai Q2.Other Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Behavioral and functional neuroimaging investigations of visual perception and cognition in autistics Mottron, Laurent Q2.Other Université de Montréal
Behavioral and neural processing of faces and expressions in nonhuman primates Parr, Lisa Q2.Other Emory University
Behavioral and neural processing of faces and expressions in nonhuman primates (supplement) Parr, Lisa Q2.Other Emory University
Brain circuitry in simplex autism Petersen, Steven Q2.Other Washington University in St. Louis
CAREER: Integrative behavioural and neurophysiological studies of normal and autistic cognition using video game environments Robertson, Steven Q2.Other Cornell University
Cerebellar anatomic and functional connectivity in autism spectrum disorders Allen, Greg Q2.Other University of Texas at Austin
Cognitive control in autism Solomon, Marjorie Q2.Other University of California, Davis
Cognitive control of emotion in autism Mazefsky, Carla Q2.Other University of Pittsburgh
Connectivity of anterior cingulate cortex networks in autism Di Martino, Adriana Q2.Other New York University School of Medicine
Defining the dynamics of the default network with direct brain recordings and functional MRI Weaver, Kurt Q2.Other University of Washington
Development of brain connectivity in autism Castellanos, Francisco Xavier; Lord, Catherine Q2.Other New York University School of Medicine; University of Michigan
Electrical measures of functional cortical connectivity in autism Murias, Michael Q2.Other University of Washington
Face perception: Mapping psychological spaces to neural responses Grill-Spector, Kalanit Q2.Other Stanford University
fMRI studies of neural dysfunction in autistic toddlers Courchesne, Eric Q2.Other University of California, San Diego
fMRI study of reward responsiveness of children with autism spectrum disorder Shirinyan, David Q2.Other University of California, Los Angeles
Functional anatomy of face processing in the primate brain Ungerleider, Leslie Q2.Other National Institutes of Health
Investigation of cortical folding complexity in children with autism, their autism-discordant siblings, and controls Barnea-Goraly, Naama Q2.Other Stanford University
Language and social communication in autism Knaus, Tracey Q2.Other University of California, Los Angeles