HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Rutgers geneticist to battle autism with $3.7 million NIH grant

NEW BRUNSWICK/PISCATAWAY, N.J. Linda Brzustowicz, an associate professor in Rutgers' department of genetics, has been awarded a five-year, $3.7 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to investigate the genetic basis of autism. The disorder, which has no known cure, is tied to a child's early brain development and is usually diagnosed in the first three years of life. The grant was made available through NIH's National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

Rep. Chris Smith (R-4) provided encouragement and support in Brzustowicz' pursuit of the funds for this research. "This significant infusion of federal resources will help Dr. Brzustowicz and her team expand the research they have been doing to help identify the cause of autism," said Smith, who co-founded and co-chairs the Congressional Autism Caucus. "It complements millions in federal dollars that we have secured for autism research in our state and will, I hope, help us better understand, treat and ultimately prevent and cure autism."

"With this new federal funding, Linda Brzustowicz will lead the charge in our battle with a disorder that tragically affects so many individuals and their families," said Philip Furmanski, executive vice president for academic affairs at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. "We hope that this research, and the new knowledge it provides, will pave the way to new therapies for this terrible affliction."

Autistic children typically have difficulties with behavior, social interaction and communications skills, but there is a wide spectrum of symptoms and characteristics, expressed in combinations from extremely mild to quite severe. Researchers generally agree that multiple genes interact with each other to produce this range. An assortment of environmental factors is thought to be operating as well, conspiring with autism's genetics to produce the disorder in its many forms.

According to the American Medical Association, autism
'"/>

Contact: Joseph Blumberg
blumberg@ur.rutgers.edu
732-932-7084 x652
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
15-Oct-2003


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Rutgers-Newark biologist links presence of protein to spread of cancerous cells
2. Rutgers-Newark scientist: Mosquitoes may carry lethal parasite
3. Rutgers cancer prevention expert calls for FDA action to reduce colon cancer and osteoporosis
4. Rutgers chemist uses NMR to elucidate protein-DNA interaction
5. Ocean dye to help Rutgers scientists trace Hudson Rivers path miles into the Atlantic
6. Rutgers ecologists and Brooklyn Botanic Garden botanists to plan Beijing Olympics Forest Park
7. Radioactive and toxic waste site plans are a recipe for disaster, says Rutgers sociologist
8. Rutgers researcher offers a new perspective on human evolution
9. Rutgers scientists discover protein in brain affects learning and memory
10. President Bush names Rutgers Evelyn Witkin for nations highest science honor
11. Grant of powerful computer to Rutgers-Newark will increase understanding of brain activity

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:1/29/2020)... ... January 29, 2020 , ... ... it will start production of a DNA vaccine against the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) ... Pharmaceuticals. A grant of up to $9 million from the Coalition for Epidemic ...
(Date:1/24/2020)... ... January 24, 2020 , ... Shoreline Biome , a microbiome research company ... that the company will debut a novel new DNA isolation kit at the ... Shoreline Biome's Rapid Prep kit, is a fast and easy-to-use kit designed for the ...
(Date:1/23/2020)... ... January 23, 2020 , ... Asymmetrex ... Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI). Headquartered in Manchester, New Hampshire, ARMI is the ... partner organizations from industry, government, academia and the non-profit sector to develop ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:2/5/2020)... ... February 04, 2020 , ... Shoreline Biome , a ... strain level, has announced a new distribution partnership in Asia. , The distribution ... to companies and research organizations in China, Hong Kong, and Macau. , Gene ...
(Date:2/3/2020)... ... February 03, 2020 , ... Global molecular ... that OmniType, the 11-locus, single tube multiplex successor to Holotype HLA is available ... featuring locus-multiplexing and short library preparation, for HLA genotyping from sample to answer ...
(Date:1/28/2020)... ... January 28, 2020 , ... Today, Salimetrics announced an addition ... Salivary Total Human IgG Assay Kit exemplifies Salimetrics’ 20+ year commitment ... can extend the accuracy and ease of use of salivary bioscience into infectious ...
(Date:1/24/2020)... ... January 24, 2020 , ... The plastic and reconstructive surgeons ... in New Jersey epitomize the notion that plastic surgery is much more than just ... popular media. , Over the last 20 years NJ Top Docs, Dr. Andrew Elkwood, ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: