Ripples occur on a much larger scale when collaborations are formed.

The ability to spread the word on scientific discoveries increases incredibly when scientists and major advocacy groups get together. The shared learning between the members of these groups drives both the creation and use of new science.

Collaboration between research groups brings different perspectives and skills to shared problems, increasing the likelihood that new discoveries will be made that could solve them. Read here about these big ripples.

Research Ripples

SPOTLIGHT: POND Network student scientist

Jonathan Lai, a PhD candidate at McMaster University, presented an important study on the genetics of Fragile X mice. A Lillian Rose Stegne Memorial Stipend made it possible for Jonathan to attend the 2013 Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA to present his paper: Lai JKY, Ellegood J, Rilett KC, MacKenzie RN,… View More


 

Results from MSSNG study Published in Prestigious Journal

Dr. Steven Scherer and his colleagues made the news again! A paper published in Nature Medicine, described findings from the MSSNG Study, which found that even siblings with ASD do not share the same genetic changes and that their symptoms can be different. Read the CTV news report here: Whole-genome sequencing of quartet families with… View More


 

Patients Set Research Priorities in Neurodevelopmental Disorders – A Canadian First

Learn how a group of community representatives, patients and care providers across Ontario created a list of  questions that demand research attention http://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/Patients-Set-Research-Priorities-for-Neurodevelopmental-Disorders;-A-Canadian-First-Facilitated-by-Ontario-Brain-Institute-507449


 

Diversity in Developmental Trajectories in Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Diversity in Developmental Trajectories in Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder Preschool children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) differed from each other in symptom severity and adaptive functioning at the time of diagnosis and some of these differences appeared to increase by age 6, according to a study published online by JAMA Psychiatry. Although a small… View More


 

Autism Speaks Names Dr. Stephen Scherer Director of AUT10K

Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, has named renowned Canadian geneticist Stephen Scherer, Ph.D., D.Sc., FRSC, as director of the Autism Speaks Ten Thousand Genomes Program (AUT10K), a collaborative to develop the world’s largest database of complete genomic information on individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their family members. Read… View More


 

A Powerhouse Collaboration: Your Genes Reach the “Cloud”

Recently, Autism Speaks announced that geneticist Stephen Scherer (Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto) as the new director of the Autism Speaks-led project. The first major announcement came from Dr. Scherer in a presentation at a conference in San Diego where he outlined the groundbreaking project “MSSNG” (pronounced missing). Vowels were intentionally removed… View More