National Alliance for Autism Research


In its eleven-year history, NAAR has had a significant impact on autism research, committing nearly $37 million to fund over 270 autism research projects, fellowships, and collaborative programs worldwide. In 2006, Autism Speaks has already awarded 62 research grants, totaling $6.8 million dollars. This funding includes support for the Autism Tissue Program and research partnerships with the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Our goal is to identify and support promising research in the hope that results from these efforts will produce significant results reported in peer-reviewed journals, and additional research support from government or other funding agencies.

Columbia Award Recipients

Fellow: Ben Cheh
Mentor: Peter Scheiffele, Ph.D.
Consequences of neuroligin mutations on synapse formation and behavior