Tom Insel is the chair of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC), which creates the Strategic Plan for autism research funded by the U.S. government.
It is very interesting to see how often autism research is noted in the list below.
Item 3: Ricardo Dolmetsch’s work using stem cells to study autism and Timothy syndrome. (discussed here on Left Brain/Right Brain)
Item 4: De Novo Genetic Variants and autism
Item 8: NDAR, the National Database for Autism Research
Item 10: Public Private Partnerships.
At NIMH and in our broad research community, this has been a year of exciting discoveries and scientific progress, as we strive to make a difference for those with mental illness. Here are 10 breakthroughs and events of 2011 that are changing the landscape of mental health research.