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Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC)
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Project Title

Project Title

The new Simons Center for the Social Brain

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Sur, Mriganka

Description

Description

The mission of the Simons Center for the Social Brain at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), directed by Mriganka Sur, is to understand the neural mechanisms underlying social cognition and behavior, and to translate this knowledge into better diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. Neural correlates of social cognition and behavior exist in a diverse array of species, and the researchers at the center aim to study these neural correlates in humans and relevant model organisms and systems. Experimental approaches will take advantage of MIT’s strength in genetics and genomics, molecular and cell biology, analyses of neural circuits and systems, cognitive psychology, mathematics and engineering. The center’s goals are to develop MIT-wide programs on genetics and gene discovery, mechanisms and models, cognitive neuroscience, and translation and therapeutics. Through the development of new tools and technologies, and the advancement of new computational and theoretical approaches, MIT researchers are ready to make unique contributions to the understanding of autism and related brain disorders. The center will support these programs and themes through seed funds for investigators proposing novel collaborative research, a program for postdoctoral fellows, and support for graduate students and undergraduate researchers. In addition, it aims to develop a technology innovation hub and create collaborative teams around projects that target particular subtypes of autism, using multiple approaches and analyses.

Funder

Funder

Simons Foundation

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

4596514

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2012-2016

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 7: What Other Infrastructure and Surveillance Needs Must Be Met?

Strategic Plan Objective

Strategic Plan Objective

Green dot: Objective has greater than or equal to the recommended funding. 7K. Encourage programs and funding mechanisms that expand the research workforce, enhance interdisciplinary research training, and recruit early-career scientists into the ASD field by 2013. IACC Recommended Budget: $5,000,000 over 3 years.

Project Link

Project Link

The new Simons Center for the Social Brain (External web link)

Institution

Institution

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

State/Country

State/Country

Massachusetts

Project Number

Project Number

SCSBMIT

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Private

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

The new Simons Center for the Social Brain | 4381289 | 2014 | SCSBMIT
The new Simons Center for the Social Brain | 5500000 | 2013 | SCSBMIT

 
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