How the Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation Supports Autism Research

Unlike some highly specific brain research funders, the Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation supports a wide variety of autism-related endeavors and studies. Some of these include neuroimaging, genetics, conferences, and treatments. Other foundation grants go towards advocacy, anatomy and physiology, communications, and cellular & molecular mechanisms, and clinical assessment and diagnosis.

Let’s dig deeper into this foundation’s autism giving and take a look at the types of organizations it has chosen to support lately.

Major Initiatives

There are currently three major initiatives that this funder supports. One is led by Stuart Altman, Ph.D., at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. This effort involves the Creation of the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy and the Lurie Chair in Disability Policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management.

Another initiative supports the Nancy Lurie Marks Clinical and Research Fellowship Program in Autism at Harvard University. And the final major initiative supports the establishment of the Lurie Family Autism Center at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Through these initiatives, you can see the foundation’s commitment to the Boston area autism community.

Recent Autism Research Support

This past fall, Stemina Biomarker Discover, Inc. launched the largest clinical study in history about metabolism in autistic children. The NLM Family Foundation contributed $2.3 million to this study, almost as much as the National Institute of Mental Health kicked in ($2.7 million).

Approximately 1,500 subjects are enrolled in six sites across the U.S. to participate in this study, which aims to identify new biomarkers and test for earlier diagnosis and more precise treatment of autism. The foundation has also recently supported neuroscience research about the role of the language gene to produce and understand speech.

You can learn more about autism grants awarded in specific funding categories on the foundation’s Grants page. Unfortunately, unsolicited grant proposals aren’t welcome here, but you might be able to get involved with the foundation through one of its scheduled events, workshops, or conferences.

To learn more about this funder, take a look at IP’s full profile: The Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation: Grants for Brain Research and Treatment.