Sur Laboratory involvement in autism research initiatives
The Sur Lab leads several research programs aiming to better understand and treat autism spectrum developmental brain disorders. The Simons Center for the Social Brain at MIT, directed by Mriganka Sur, awards seed grants and fellowships for investigations of autism and autism spectrum disorders, and supports the improvement and expansion of autism research infrastructure at MIT. In addition, we are
a member of the Autism Consortium, a collaboration between 75 Boston-area researchers and clinicians at 13 universities and hospitals, whose goals include family support, advancing phenotyping and characterization, discovering genes, developing models and discovering mechanisms that underlie brain dysfunction, advancing cognitive neuroscience, and developing therapeutic and treatment strategies for autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).
Autism Research Resources
International Rett Syndrome Foundation
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative
Simons Center for the Social Brain
Tropea D., Giacometti E., Wilson N.R., Beard C., McCurry C., Fu D.D., Flannery R., Jaenisch R., Sur M. Partial reversal of Rett Syndrome-like symptoms in MeCP2 mutant mice.
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 106:2029-2034. 2009. [PDF]
Page D.T., Kuti O.J., Prestia C., Sur M. Haploinsufficiency for Pten and Serotonin transporter cooperatively influences brain size and social behavior.
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 106:1989-1994. 2009. [PDF