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Bay Area Autism Consortium (BAAC)

The Bay Area Autism Consortium (BAAC) is a clinical research coalition of providers and investigators from many Bay Area autism programs, including: UCSF, Stanford, Kaiser, the Department of Public Health, and the Children's Health Council. This interdisciplinary group is forming to contribute to excellence of autism related care and discovery in the Bay Area.

Bunge Lab at UC Berkeley

Dr. Silvia Bunge directs the Cognitive Control and Development Laboratory at UC Berkeley. They strive to understand brain development from childhood to adulthood using functional imaging and computer assessment. Their lab is also pioneering a game playing study to see if they can help children improve their problem solving abilities. Their studies focus on typical individuals as well as those with pediatric stroke and Tourette Syndrome.

UCSF Pediatric Stroke Center

Dr. Heather Fullerton directs the UCSF Pediatric Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease Center which is the only center in the country offering comprehensive care by the world's leading experts in pediatric stroke and cerebrovascular disease. The center provides clinical care as well as conducts research on the causes and impact of these diseases.

Rauen Lab at UCSF

Katherine (Kate) Rauen, MD, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Medical Genetics at UCSF. Her clinical and basic science research focuses on cancer syndromes with the effort to understand genetic mechanisms affecting common developmental and cancer pathways. She has established a strong research program here at UCSF studying the RASopathies (a term which she coined). The RASopathies, one of the largest groups of multiple congenital anomaly syndromes known, are caused by germline mutations in various genes encoding components of the Ras/mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathway. She identified the genetic cause of Cardio-facio-cutaneous syndrome (CFC) and developed and directs the first NF/Ras Pathway (RASopathy) Genetics Clinic at UCSF, NF/Ras Pathway Clinic, which is now being emulated around the world.

Croen Lab at Kaiser Permanente

Lisa Croen, PhD, is a perinatal epidemiologist and senior research scientist at the Division of Research (DOR), Kaiser Permanente Northern California. She also directs the Kaiser Permanente Autism Research Program.

Golden Gate Regional Center (GGRC)

The Golden Gate Regional Center (GGRC) is working toward a future where all people with developmental disabilities and their families have the opportunity to belong, contribute and thrive in their home communities by directing their own lives.

The MIND institute

The UC Davis MIND Institute (Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders) is a collaborative international research center, committed to the awareness, understanding, prevention, care and cure of neurodevelopmental disorders.

The UCSF Institute for Human Genetics (IHG)

The UCSF Institute for Human Genetics (IHG) serves as a focal point for campus-wide activities in human genetics and has faculty members engaged in human genetics research spanning the four schools: Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Dentistry. The major aim of the Institute is to create an exciting, productive and collaborative environment for research, training and clinical application in human genetics, and to provide institutional support and resources.

Autism Genetic Resource Exchange (AGRE)

The Autism Genetic Resource Exchange (AGRE) is a research program for families who have two or more children on the autism spectrum. AGRE helps accelerate the pace of science by taking the time-consuming steps of recruiting families to research studies out of the scientists' hands, so they can spend their time and effort analyzing the data and looking for answers now. AGRE gathers DNA, clinical, and medical information from families throughout the United States, making it the world's first collaborative resource for autism research worldwide.

Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI)

The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) is a research campaign within the Simons Foundation. SFARI's mission is to improve the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders by funding, catalyzing and driving innovative research of the greatest quality and relevance. SFARI initiatives include the Simons Simplex Collection, a permanent repository of genetic samples from 2,700 families with one child affected with an autism spectrum disorder, and Simons VIP, the Simons Variation in Individuals Project aims to identify and study a large number of individuals with a recurrent genetic variation (deletion or duplication of segment 16p11.2) that increases the risk of developing autism spectrum and other neurodevelopmental disorders.