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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
Testing neurological models of autism Adolphs, Ralph Q2.Other California Institute of Technology
Cerebellar anatomic and functional connectivity in autism spectrum disorders Allen, Greg Q2.Other University of Texas at Austin
Neural basis for the production and perception of prosody Aziz-Zadeh, Lisa Q2.Other University of Southern California
Investigation of cortical folding complexity in children with autism, their autism-discordant siblings, and controls Barnea-Goraly, Naama Q2.Other Stanford University
Social and affective components of communication Bellugi, Ursula Q2.Other Salk Institute For Biological Studies
White matter structural deficits in high functioning children with autism Bregman, Joel Q2.Other Feinstein Institute For Medical Research
The brain genomics superstruct project Buckner, Randy Q2.S.G President & Fellows of Harvard College
Development of brain connectivity in autism Castellanos, Francisco Xavier; Lord, Catherine Q2.Other New York University School of Medicine; University of Michigan
The neural correlates of transient and sustained executive control in children with autism spectrum disorder Christ, Shawn Q2.Other University of Missouri
fMRI studies of neural dysfunction in autistic toddlers Courchesne, Eric Q2.Other University of California, San Diego
Neurobiological mechanisms of insistence on sameness in autism D'Cruz, Anna-Maria Q2.Other University of Illinois at Chicago
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
ACE Center: Mirror neuron and reward circuitry in autism Dapretto, Mirella Q2.Other University of California, Los Angeles
The neural basis of sexually dimorphic brain function De Vries, Geert Q2.S.B University of Massachusetts Amherst
Connectivity of anterior cingulate cortex networks in autism Di Martino, Adriana Q2.Other New York University School of Medicine
Probing disrupted cortico-thalamic interactions in autism spectrum disorders Fagiolini, Michela; Chen, Chinfei Q2.S.D Children's Hospital Boston
The integration of interneurons into cortical microcircuits Fishell, Gordon Q2.Other New York University School of Medicine
Neural mechanisms underlying an extended multisensory temporal binding window in ASD Foss-Feig, Jennifer Q2.Other Vanderbilt University
Neural basis of socially driven attention in children with autism Greene, Deanna Q2.Other University of California, Los Angeles
Face perception: Mapping psychological spaces to neural responses Grill-Spector, Kalanit Q2.Other Stanford University
Neural correlates of maturation of face processing Grill-Spector, Kalanit Q2.Other Stanford University
The neural substrates of social interactions Gupta, Rupa Q2.Other University of Iowa
MRI: Acquisition of a high-density electrophysiology laboratory for intercollegiate research and training in cognitive neuroscience Hartley, Alan Q2.Other Scripps College
Neural systems for the extraction of socially-relevant information from faces Haxby, James Q2.Other Dartmouth College
ACE Center: Systems connectivity + brain activation: Imaging studies of language + perception Just, Marcel Q2.Other University of Pittsburgh