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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
Social and affective components of communication Bellugi, Ursula Q2.Other Salk Institute For Biological Studies
MRI: Acquisition of a high-density electrophysiology laboratory for intercollegiate research and training in cognitive neuroscience Hartley, Alan Q2.Other Scripps College
Investigation of cortical folding complexity in children with autism, their autism-discordant siblings, and controls Barnea-Goraly, Naama Q2.Other Stanford University
Structural and functional connectivity of large-scale brain networks in autism spectrum disorders Uddin, Lucina Q2.Other Stanford University
Structural brain differences between autistic and typically-developing siblings Steinman, Kyle Q2.Other Stanford University
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
Social behavior deficits in autism: Role of amygdala Mooney, Sandra Q2.Other State University of New York Upstate Medical Center
A developmental social neuroscience approach to perception-action relations Marshall, Peter Q2.Other Temple University
Testing the effects of cortical disconnection in non-human primates Krauzlis, Richard Q2.Other The Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Behavioral and functional neuroimaging investigations of visual perception and cognition in autistics Mottron, Laurent Q2.Other Université de Montréal
Synchronous activity in networks of electrically coupled cortical interneurons Lewis, Timothy Q2.Other University of California, Davis
Cognitive control in autism Solomon, Marjorie Q2.Other University of California, Davis
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
fMRI study of reward responsiveness of children with autism spectrum disorder Shirinyan, David Q2.Other University of California, Los Angeles
Neural basis of socially driven attention in children with autism Greene, Deanna Q2.Other University of California, Los Angeles
Language and social communication in autism Knaus, Tracey Q2.Other University of California, Los Angeles
fMRI studies of neural dysfunction in autistic toddlers Courchesne, Eric Q2.Other University of California, San Diego
Neurocognitive mechanisms underlying children's theory of mind development Liu, David Q2.Other University of California, San Diego
ACE Center: Imaging the autistic brain before it knows it has autism Pierce, Karen Q2.Other University of California, San Diego
Neural synchrony dysfunction of gamma oscillations in autism Rojas, Donald Q2.Other University of Colorado Denver
Neurobiological mechanisms of insistence on sameness in autism D'Cruz, Anna-Maria Q2.Other University of Illinois at Chicago
The neural substrates of social interactions Gupta, Rupa Q2.Other University of Iowa
The neural basis of sexually dimorphic brain function De Vries, Geert Q2.S.B University of Massachusetts Amherst